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 it's 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.
Who can join?
Membership of 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 encourage non-BME NHS leaders to become supporters of this network.
By joining or supporting the network you will receive bi-monthly communications on the latest developments in equality, diversity and inclusion, invitations to events and have the opportunity to build connections.
If you're interested in joining or supporting the network, head to our membership page.
The network is supported by the AHSN Network, NHS Leadership Academy and the Royal College of Nursing.
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
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
The Leadership Mentoring Programme
This new programme will help BME leaders to navigate their own leadership journey and its challenges, and to support others to do the same.
15 November 2022
It’s not enough to be non-racist
Reflections on a recent lecture that offered new and powerful insights into building an anti-racist NHS.
29 November 2022
No shortcuts to tackling racism
Joan Saddler outlines how the NHS Confederation is helping members to tackle racism.
22 November 2022
Diversity in Health and Care Partners Programme
This programme supports health and care organisations to create more inclusive workplace cultures, where difference is welcomed and celebrated.
21 September 2022
Addressing shattered hopes
To address the findings of the NHS Confederation’s Shattered Hopes report, we must face the deep-rooted cultures of race inequality in the system.
4 August 2022
South Asian Heritage Month
Reflections from Dr Navina Evans, NHS England's chief workforce officer, on her South Asian heritage and how it has shaped her role in the NHS.
26 July 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
Is the spotlight dimming on tackling inequality?
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to shine a light on health inequalities, is there still a need to restate the importance of tackling inequality?
1 February 2022
The Innovate Awards
Join us in recognising excellence in health and care innovation through the Innovate Awards, brought to you by NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network.
29 September 2022 19:00 - 23:30 GMT
Watch: Women in Health and Care Leading for Change
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network held its annual conference on Tuesday 8 November.
8 November 2022 09:30 GMT
BME Leadership Network members' meeting
A face to face meeting for BME Leadership Network members took place during Black History Month in London.
12 October 2022 17:00 - 18:30 GMT