BME Leadership Network members were invited to join Lord Victor Adebowale for a drinks reception with our special guest, scientist, author and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford. Adam delivered the BME Leadership Network’s annual Black History Month lecture on ‘Race, science and the NHS’.
Adam drew on themes from his latest book 'Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics' to discuss the potential impact of new gene-editing techniques and how scientific racism and eugenics ideology, both past and present, have contributed to racism within the NHS and wider society.
6.30pm Registration, drinks reception with canapes
7.30pm Welcome – Lord Victor Adebowale – Chair, NHS Confederation
7.35pm Introduction – Wayne Farah – Co-Facilitator, BME Leadership Network
7.40pm Race, science and the NHS - Dr Adam Rutherford – Author and Broadcaster
8.55pm Close - Joan Saddler OBE, Director of Partnerships and Equality,
NHS Confederation and BME Leadership Network Co-Facilitator
9pm Book signing with Dr Adam Rutherford
Adam is a Sunday Times best-selling author, having published numerous books including ‘How To Argue With A Racist’ and 'Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics'.
He is also a scientist and the presenter of the flagship science programme on BBC Radio 4, Inside Science, as well as The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, and a host of other Radio 4 documentaries.
The network is dedicated to establishing a truly diverse NHS leadership and we welcome the support of both BME and non-BME senior leaders in amplifying our work. Please visit BME Leadership Network and complete our short form. If you have any queries, please contact us via email BLN@nhsconfed.org.
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Prior to 'Race, science and the NHS', we held a BME Leadership Network members' meeting from 5-6.30pm.
Our recent Shattered Hopes report laid bare the extent of discrimination faced by senior NHS leaders from BME communities. The meeting provided an opportunity to come together and discuss plans to address the report’s recommendations, including details of our new mentoring programme.