1. Westminster Employment Forum invites Chair, Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé to speak

On 25 June 2021 the Westminster Employment Forum is holding an on-line conference concerning Ethnic minority equality in the workplace and has invited our Chair Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé to speak.

Dr Sewell, Chair of CRED will be giving a presentation on the key findings of the CRED and their implications.

Should all be very interesting!

Link to draft agenda.

2. EHRC to monitor Trust’s record on sexual harassment on the recommendation of CQC

On 28 April 2021the Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will now monitor East of England Ambulance Service Trust’s action plan for protecting staff against sexual harassment after signing a legally binding agreement in relation to its plan of action. This action which is said to be the first of its kind against an English NHS Trust was recommended by CQC following its critical report of the Trust last year.

The HSJ article states:

“A statement from EHRC today said the trust had been unable to show it had carried out all the work deemed necessary to eliminate the risk to staff of sexual harassment, although it acknowledged the trust had taken some action, such as giving board members “managing allegations” training and changing safeguarding policies around recruitment and supervision.

The human rights watchdog added EEAST had breached the Equality Act 2020 by failing to take appropriate steps to protect staff from sexual harassment”.

To state the obvious CQC has been monitoring the delivery of WRES for the last five years and has been aware of the consistent failure of NHS organisations to deliver on their statutory obligations concerning race equality to the detriment of BME staff. However, on no occasion, that we know of has CQC recommended to the EHRC, that it should monitor the delivery of Trust race equality action plans.

Well let’s see what EHRC intends to do with the findings from its Inquiry into the experience of BME staff in low paybands working in the health and social care sector when its report is published in the summer. As you are aware we participated in the Inquiry by way of focus group sessions between our members and the EHRC and the feedback was damning.

3. Report by MIND-Trying to Connect-The importance of choice in remote mental health services

We trust you will recall that some time ago we encouraged you to take part in a survey by MIND about your experience (if applicable) of accessing mental health support by phone or on-line rather than face to face during the pandemic.

On 28 April 2021 it published its report which showed not surprisingly that of the 1,914 participants some people preferred remote services whilst others did not and the report details the feedback received. It is noteworthy that although the sample size for BME participants was low at under 8% overall BMEs, when compared to White service users, preferred remote access.

The report also looks at how services have changed during the pandemic and what those working in the services have learnt. The report includes a number of recommendations for the UK Government, national bodies and service providers.

4. Dr Sewell’s, Chair of CRED quotes Bob Marley

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse the Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, at a Policy Exchange think tank event on 28 April 2021 before 700 attendees, quoted Bob Marley’s Redemption Song in defence of his comments in the Forward to the CRED report which appears to suggest that slavery was a good thing.

In referring to Bob Marley he added:

“He’s talking her about slavery, those pirates robbing him, how African slaves retained the powerhouse of their imagination….That was that the thing the slavers couldn’t take away from us. We have our imagination and this led to resistance and it’s led to us retaining African culture right inside the horror of slavery”

He also made the comment that now more people are reading the report they (the Commissioners) are now getting more support for the report and he that he would encourage people to look carefully at the 24 recommendations, which he said were “very very progressive”.

There can be no doubt that the report by the CRED would now appear to be the most discredited social report in modern British history and the Chair informs the audience that:

“I think you’ll find the Sewell report in years to come will be something that people will really look back positively on”.

Dr. Sewell’s comments just confirms why he was chosen by the Prime Minister as the Chair of CRED.

5. RCN FOUNDATION Education Grants Now Open

We have agreed to share this notice from the RCN Foundation

The RCN Foundation has opened its spring round of education and career development grants. These grants aim to support those involved in nursing and midwifery to develop their careers and improve the care they give to patients. Grants can be used to undertake undergraduate degrees, postgraduate qualifications and professional training.

The RCN Foundation is an independent charity, and nursing and midwifery staff do not have to be an RCN member to receive their support. The education grants are for up to £5,000 and open to nurses, nursing associates, midwives and health care support workers who will begin their study between 01 September 2021 and 01 September 2022. Applications close on 31 May 2021.

The RCN Foundation Education Grants are available online at https://rcnfoundation.rcn.org.uk/apply-for-funding/educational-grants/rcn-foundation-professional-bursary-scheme

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