BME Network celebrates Diversity Week

BME network members

To round off Diversity Week, we hear more about our very own BME Network; its background, its aims and future plans.

The EEAST black and minority ethnic (BME) Network was formed in 2018, with support from the Director of HR. It is currently chaired by Ajay Kumar – Trust Health, Safety and Security Officer. It is co-chaired by Tanoh Danso – Senior Paramedic. The network membership currently consists of both operational and support staff from each county.

The network aims to work with the Trust to help build a workforce, which represents the diverse society of the East of England region – across each agenda for change band and senior management. It also ensures current staff are equipped to provide the same high level of care to every member of society.

With the Trust currently at a 2.5% BME representation, the network aims to provide support to BME staff in relation to abuse, bullying and harassment, while also encouraging development in leadership, clinical development and non-mandatory CPD. This is in line with Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) action plan indicators.

Future plans include working alongside other BME networks, across the other NHS ambulance trusts, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), WRES and other organisations, to gain ideas to ensure we provide the greatest opportunity to provide equity and equality for staff within EEAST.

To join the BME Network, please contact Chair Ajay Kumar: 


Published 5 December 2019

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