Statement on Diversity and Inclusion at the end Black History Month 2020

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion at the end Black History Month 2020

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion at the end Black History Month 2020

27th Oct 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the devastating impact of racism and racial inequality on our society and communities. This, coupled with the experience of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues working on the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, has challenged us to think deeply about what we can do to address issues of systemic racism and inequality across the Alder Hey community.

Alder Hey is committed to being an anti-racist organisation, and has a zero tolerance approach to racism and discriminatory behaviour. But we know that – as a leading institution within our communities – we need to do more. That is why we are making a number of commitments to seize the moment and make positive change happen.

  1. We have commissioned Non-Executive Director and Board Member Claire Dove CBE to chair a special BAME Inclusion Taskforce to agree the steps we need to take to remove processes and barriers within Alder Hey that could sustain systemic racism. This taskforce will work to ensure that we support staff from all backgrounds to have a positive experience of working at Alder Hey, and that our plans specifically support opportunity for education and employment for under-represented groups.
  2. We will create the space for us to have open conversations with all our staff about these issues.
  3. We commit to increasing ethnic minority, and particularly black, representation across our workforce.
  4. We commit to having BAME representation on the Trust Board, Council of Governors and at all levels within Alder Hey, and we will support the professional development of BAME colleagues in order for them to progress into more senior roles.
  5. We will equip ourselves with more knowledge; learning and growing together so that we can remove processes and barriers that sustain systemic racism.
  6. We commit to being transparent as to how we're delivering change and holding ourselves accountable for these changes. We will communicate openly with our staff about how we’re doing this, and share with them the action plans of the Taskforce.

These initial commitments are just the first steps on a journey towards ensuring a fairer, more inclusive and diverse Alder Hey.

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