The BME Leadership Network exists to strengthen the voice of NHS black and minority ethnic (BME) leaders and to support NHS organisations to meet the needs of all communities.
Watch our short video to learn more about its purpose and how it's supporting members.
We meet quarterly and we aim to:
- improve understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and publish the benefits to help deliver better care for all
- improve and sustain the number of BME leaders working in the NHS
- profile the diverse range of BME leaders delivering solutions across the health and care system.
By joining the network you will receive our bi-monthly bulletins on the latest developments in equality, diversity and inclusion, invitations to events and virtual member meetings, opportunities to learn, develop and build connections.
Who can join?
The network is open to all NHS leaders from BME backgrounds. We recognise that there are great NHS BME leaders operating in many roles and levels, not just as senior managers, and our network seeks to support them all.
We also welcome allies to join and support the network.
If you're interested in joining or supporting the network, head to our membership page and complete our form.
For further information email our team: BLN@nhsconfed.org.
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Supporting Black History Month 2023
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28 September 2023
BME Leadership Network of Network Leaders
A place for chairs and leads of BME/BAME networks to come together, hosted by the BME Leadership Network.
2 November 2023
Inclusive leadership pledge
Sign our inclusive leadership pledge to demonstrate your commitment to being an inclusive leader.
22 March 2023
Diversity in Health and Care Partners Programme
Supporting health and care organisations to create more inclusive workplace cultures, where difference is welcomed and celebrated.
12 September 2023
Commit, understand, act: our anti-racism strategy
Supporting healthcare organisations to eliminate racism and reduce health inequalities through commitment, understanding and action.
22 November 2022
NHS Confederation and AstraZeneca UK join to tackle health inequalities for long-term conditions patients
NHS Confederation and AstraZeneca UK are pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement
3 November 2023
NHS Confederation responds to Steve Barclay letter on EDI roles
Matthew Taylor responds to a letter to ICB chairs from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on equality, diversity and inclusion roles
20 October 2023
NHS Confederation responds to the NHS Race and Health Observatory report on neonatal care for BAME newborns
Ifti Majid responds to the NHS Race and Health Observatory report on neonatal care for BAME newborns.
12 July 2023
Combatting racial discrimination against minority ethnic nurses and midwives
A new anti-racism resource has been published by NHS England to enable staff to take action against inequality.
3 November 2022
Supporting healthcare organisations to eliminate racism
Joan Saddler and Lena Samuels on tackling racism and the role of healthcare organisations, systems and leaders.
21 December 2022
Equity by Design masterclass
A unique leadership masterclass tailored to meet the needs of BME Leadership Network members.
29 September 2023 10:00 - 15:00 GMT
Universalise the best: An antiracist model for building healthy communities
The BME Leadership Network held its Black History Month annual lecture in the House of Commons with Professor Kevin Fenton and Stephen Timms MP.
18 October 2023 18:00 - 21:00 GMT
Barclay has attacked the founding principles of the NHS
Equality, diversity, and inclusion roles have always been key to the NHS and mustn't be compromised.
10 November 2023
No shortcuts to tackling racism
Joan Saddler outlines how the NHS Confederation is helping members to tackle racism.
22 November 2022
Shifting the dial on mental health support for young black men
A programme addressing mental health needs in young black men highlights key learning for system leaders and commissioners of mental health services.
6 April 2022