'Race, science and the NHS' with Dr Adam Rutherford

Our BME Leadership Network’s annual Black History Month event with author and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford took place on 12 October 2022..

General information

12 October 2022 18:30 - 21:30 GMT
Member only
A free event for members of the BME Leadership Network


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 RutherfordAdam 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

    8.25pm          Q&A

    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

    9.30pm          Finish

  • 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.

    Follow the network on social media @NHSC_BMELeaders.

  • 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.