Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this week's message. I have been on leave this past week but before I went, I attended an important and inspiring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) virtual event, which was hosted by Surrey Heartlands and focused on race.

Nearly 100 people from across the partnership organisations attended and took part in discussions which informed meaningful actions to improve experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workforce and local community.

At ASPH we are proud of our diverse workforce and have an active BAME network, which meets on a regular basis to discuss ideas and actions to support staff. The Black Lives Matter campaign has mobilised support from all sections of the Trust's workforce, significantly increasing support and membership of our BAME staff network and a call to action to raise awareness of and response to issues relating to race. A number of taskforce groups are being established in order to do this. Allies are very welcome to attend these sessions.

I thought you'd be interested in some of the key messages shared at the EDI conference:

 

So why now?

BAME Data

 

Where are we as a Surrey Heartlands System?

BAME Data

Of course, whilst it's really interesting to see where we are as a system, our priority remains Team ASPH and our local numbers are really interesting ...

BAME Data

 

I am incredibly proud of the diversity of the team and with over 1500 BAME members of staff it's really important that we recognise the challenges faced by those colleagues. The conference highlighted experiences of racism at work and an evidence based approach to tackle some of the challenges was put forward. This focused on leadership and accountability, operational interventions for recruitment, retention and progression and disciplinary, as well as cultural transformation and creating a compassionate, learning culture.

This includes creating safe spaces for staff to listen, to share their lived experiences, to express their ideas and beliefs without fear of negative consequence. Data was presented from a number of different Trusts that shows there is a clear link between diversity and excellence - positive experiences of BAME staff equals better quality of care for patients.

We can all play a role in supporting our colleagues, listening to their experiences, speaking out and challenging any inappropriate behaviour, as well as being advocates for creating an inclusive and diverse culture.

With best wishes,

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive