As the conference was in Leeds, Rod Barnes Chief Executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service welcomed attendees to Yorkshire.
Tasnim Ali chair of the National Ambulance BME Forum outlined the purpose of the day and our priorities.
Yvonne Ormston, Chief Executive of the North East Ambulance Service talked about the cultural challenge for Ambulance services. She amazed the audience with how she has used compassionate leadership to engage with her staff.
The focus was to help the audience understand the impact of race on individuals. Yvonne Coghill, National Director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard outlined the impact of race inequalities on individuals, organisations and patient care. The ambulance sector is struggling the most with the WRES metrics and have the longest journey for improvement!
As part of the quality drive within the NHS Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons shared her powerful personal story of when she first became aware of Race and had the audience in tears. He message was clear in that we need to develop a social movement to support the change required.
In the afternoon Health Education England (HEE) was represented by Jacynth Ivey, Non-Executive Director at HEE and at West Midlands Ambulance Service and their role in commissioning diversity in paramedic courses.
Chris Long, Chief Executive of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust described how he came into an organisation with a history of bullying and harassment and was responsible for changing this culture. An absolute gentleman who believes in modelling the behaviour you wish to see.
Our most popular session was facilitated by Pam Brown, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at West Midlands Ambulance Service. ‘Unkinking the hosepipe: the micro behaviours that you weren’t aware of’ was the title and she helped the audience understand what micro-aggressions are and how they impact on the health of people.
There were also workshops facilitated by the WRES Experts and Melissa Berry with Agatha Nortley-Meshe.
Our panel questions and answer session was facilitated by Christine Brereton, Director of Workforce and OD in Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The above speakers were also joined by Scott Durairaj – Head of Assurance and Delivery South East England as part of the panel.
Rod Barnes, Chief Executive Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Tasnim Ali- Business Manager in YAS and chair of the National Ambulance BME
Yvonne Ormston, Chief Executive of the North East Ambulance Service
Yvonne Coghill, National Director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard
Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons
Jacynth Ivey, Non-Executive Director at HEE and at West Midlands Ambulance Service
Chris Long- Chief Executive of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Pam Brown, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at West Midlands Ambulance Service
Ian Ogilvie kindly captured key messages from the day. Please see the final 10 images that the audience liked the most.
- Diverse Panels
- Down Tools
- Race to Inclusion
- Two Way Communication
- Culture and Strategy
- Tap into Talent
- One size does not fit all
- Yvonne Ormston- presentation 1
- Yvonne Coghill – presentation 2
- Helen Bevan – Presentation 3
- Chris Long – Presentation 4
- Pam Brown – Presentation 5
- Black History Month – presentation 6
Links to CPDme
At this year's conference we partnered with CPDme to incorporate a professional development experience. Use the link below to view some of the presentations and you can also experience some of the workshops and obtain additional professional development certificates.
Click Here to link to the CPDme website.