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BAME Staff Network

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Welcome to the joint BAME Staff Network

The joint BAME Staff Network at Poole Hospital and RBCH provides a forum for staff to talk confidentially about their work experiences, identify and respond to matters that affect BAME staff and contribute to improving the work experience of BAME colleagues.

Why do we have a BAME Staff Network?

Data from our Staff Survey has highlighted some concerning issues about the work experience BAME colleagues receive. The data tells us that BAME staff are more likely to experience harassment, bullying or abuse from patients relatives or public than white staff. This is also the same for discrimination at work from either their manager, their team leader or colleagues.

The network aims to tackle these concerns to improve the work experience for all.

Who can be part of the network and attend meetings?

All staff committed to promoting inclusion, equality and diversity are invited to attend.

How can I get involved?

Join the network: We welcome BAME colleagues and allies. Please fill in this registration form here and email to either BAME.Network@rbch.nhs.uk or bame@poole.nhs.uk.

Talk to us: If you have a concern or would like to talk to us in confidence about something that's bothering you, please also get in touch and we will do our best to help you in a discreet and confidential way. Contact us directly:

RBCH: Minnie Klepacz: BAME.Network@rbch.nhs.uk / Telephone: 07825 960290

Poole: Joy Johnson and Judith Dube: bame@poole.nhs.uk / Telephone: 07833 294592

Black Lives Matter - statement

As a joint Trust, we do not tolerate racism and hate crime. Our hospitals are places where all our staff and patients should feel safe, protected, welcomed and listened to.

We will work hard to ensure that our health service is a fairer and more compassionate place for all.

Black Lives Matter.

To read a full version of the statement from: Debbie Fleming - joint Chief Executive, Alyson O'Donnell - Medical Director, the Joint BAME Staff Network, the Joint Inclusion and Diversity team, and the Joint Human Resources Directorate, click here. For more information on support available to our African and Afro-Caribbean colleagues and advice on how colleagues can support Black Lives Matter, go here, where you will find links to reading lists, guidance on how to be an ally and BLM pledge cards for you and your teammates.

Coronavirus update:

Letter to all BAME colleagues

Debbie Fleming, our joint chief executive, has written to all BAME colleagues across our hospitals. We know that many of you will be concerned about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME colleagues across the UK. We want to do all we can to ensure you feel safe and supported. Please read Debbie's letter to you here and please do share with colleagues who do not have access to the emails or the intranet.

Trauma helpline for Filipino health and care staff

A helpline has been created to help Filipino staff experiencing bereavement or trauma during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new helpline will be free, confidential and run by specialist counsellors and support workers fluent in Tagalog, a language widely spoken in the Philippines.

The new support service is available by phone seven days a week between 7am and 11pm on 0300 303 1115 or 24 hours via text by texting Frontline to 85258.

Upcoming events at RBCH

BAME Network Activity June 2020

Health and wellbeing trolley round

June 16: 12pm – 1.30pm with Deepa Papau and Minnie Klepacz

June 30: 10am – 11.30pm (Christchurch) with Minnie Klepacz, Marc Oborza and Grace Jareno

BAME Staff Network Support Forum

Black Lives Matter

Racism in light of the George Floyd, Amaud Abrey and Breonna Taylor. All clinical and non-clinical are welcome to support the movement and to find out more.

June 19: 3pm - 4.30pm

June 26: 3pm – 4.30pm

Location: Lecture Theatre

To book email the network.

Contact the BAME Network

07825 960290


Past Events

October:To celebrate Black History Month, Zandie Mpofu, HR temporary workforce manager at RBCH, told her personal story of Black History within the NHS.

We also promoted some of the Dorset wide Black History events for information including a celebration event in Dorchester on 5 October. [see poster]

Aims of the BAME Staff Network

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