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.
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.
The network is supported by the AHSN Network, NHS Leadership Academy and the Royal College of Nursing.
Formal members of the network will be leaders from BME backgrounds, while we encourage non-BME leaders to become supporters. If you're interested in joining or supporting the network, head to our membership page.
Supporting Black History Month
It's Black History Month: find out what's happening and the importance of supporting this campaign, which is celebrated widely across the NHS.
1 October 2021
Support for black and minority ethnic NHS staff following a risk assessment
A look at the experience of black and minority ethnic staff working in the NHS and the support they have received following a COVID-19 risk assessment
5 February 2021
Ifti Majid: To be more representative means doing things differently
Episode 2: Ifti Majid on leadership, organisational culture, effective boards and thinking differently.
8 September 2021
Strengthening NHS board diversity
This report explores the steps needed to strengthen the diversity of NHS boards in England.
15 June 2021
Building unity and solidarity to amplify voices
Chair of the steering group for the BME Leadership Network, Richard Stubbs, shares his pride in his role and the network’s purpose.
26 October 2021
‘It’s Not OK’ campaign – sustaining culture change
In this Black History Month blog, CEO of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Ifti Majid, talks about the trust’s anti-discrimination campaign.
21 October 2021
Concerted action is needed to bring true equality in the NHS workforce
If the NHS is to develop and deliver meaningful race equality strategies, we must first see investment in achieving WRES data improvement targets.
10 March 2021
We must make every effort to end the discrimination BME communities face
BME Leadership Network and NHS Confederations leaders issue statement on discriminations faced by black and minority ethnic communities.
4 June 2020
Race is a function of racism; we ignore that reality at our peril, say leaders
Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities' report into racial and ethnic disparities in the UK.
31 March 2021
Increase in ethnic minority vaccine uptake impressive, but vigilance remains crucial
Dr Layla McCay responds to latest Downing Street press conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dr Nikki Kanani.
20 April 2021