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Conference 2021

Our third conference took place online on the 7th October 2021. It was well attended despite the Ambulance sector facing high demand. We were fortunate to have representatives from all Ambulance Trusts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

The forum hosted its first sector wide event in Leeds, starting a national conversation on the impact of Race inequality on people’s lives, and the role of leadership in making progress against this agenda. We continued this conversation in Brighton in 2019, and among other topics discussed the role of staff networks in providing colleagues with the safe space and support that they needed, as well inequities in mental health.

Our overarching headlines for this year’s event were leadership, resilience, and competency in care delivery for our diverse communities.

We hope you found it useful, inspiring and that it helps you identify good practice that you can take back into your organisation.

 

10:00 - 10:10

Housekeeping & Welcome

Tasnim Ali, Chair of National Ambulance BME Forum & Business Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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10:10 - 10:20

Setting the scene

Will Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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10:20 - 11:00

Inclusive leadership & moving the dial

Steve Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

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11:20 - 12:10

Mind The Gap

  • Dr Alison Walker, Executive Medical Director, West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Malone Mukwende, Co-Author Mind the Gap and Medical Student, St Georges University of London
  • Margot Turner, Co-Author Mind the Gap, Senior Lecturer in Diversity and Medical Education, St Georges University of London
  • Claire Hunter, Head of Learning, Development and Quality, NHS Pathways
  • Agatha Nortley-Meshe, Assistant Medical Director, London Ambulance Service

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12:10 - 12:55

Understanding cultural humility and its role in leadership education and clinical care

Tom Davidson, Director Centre of Excellence in Paramedic Practice, Institute of Health, University of Cumbria

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13:40 - 14:40

Workshop Sessions

Cultural Competency in Midwifery Care 

  • Benash Nazmeen, Specialist Cultural Liaison Midwife
  • Amanda Mansfield, Consultant Midwife, London Ambulance

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Staying safe in the Race – creating safe spaces for conversations about race 

  • Joanna Traynor, Coach, Psychotherapist & co-founder, Senseia

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Antiracism and the Role of Allies 

  • Jayne Phoenix, Deputy Chair National Ambulance BME Forum & Bank Associate Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Mark Johns, Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Manager, North East Ambulance Service

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15:00 - 15:40

In conversation with Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

  • Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, Nurse, lecturer, and Emeritus Professor of Nursing at University of West London. Author Dreams from my Mother, Winner Pride of Britain awards, 2019
  • Tasnim Ali, Chair of National Ambulance BME Forum & Business Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Deputy Chair National Ambulance BME Forum & Bank Associate Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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15:40 - 16:00

Final thoughts & next steps

Tasnim Ali, Chair of National Ambulance BME Forum & Business Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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