Race for Care


About the event – Race for Care, 7 October 2021 10:00 -16:00

2020 was a year of reflection for a lot of us and required us to tap further into and strengthen our resilience.  It was a year when the inequalities in health became central to conversations. With this in mind, the National Ambulance BME Forum (NABMEF) decided to continue with plans to deliver a conference in 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and operational challenges, our 2021 conference will be taking place in a virtual format on 7 October between 10:00 and 16:00hrs. We hope that you and colleagues from your organisations will be able to join us for this event. The conference is suitable for and open to clinical and non-clinical colleagues across all pay bands.

Our main overarching headlines will be leadership, resilience, and competency in care delivery for diverse communities and the day will be looking at a number of areas:

  • Leadership and personal competence, as demonstrated through our keynote speakers. 
  • Understanding the need for cultural humility
  • Variation in presentation of clinical conditions in BME communities, including the interaction with NHS pathways and revision of clinical guidelines in JRCALC
  • Cultural competency in midwifery care to help us support better outcomes
  • Creating safe spaces for conversations about Race and building personal resilience. 

Colleagues will able to request an attendance certificate to support their CPD portfolio.

About us

The National Ambulance Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) forum was originally formed in 2001 but was relaunched in 2018 with a new leadership and purpose. The forum aims to bring together all NHS Ambulance Service BME staff networks. It acts as a supporting body to enable local networks to share good practice and learning, whilst also promoting and raising the profile of race equality for our patients and our people across the Ambulance sector.

2020 will be remembered in history as the year of the global pandemic, and for us and colleagues, the numerous challenges experienced by the whole of the NHS. It was a year when all plans had to be placed on hold.  However, this period in time served to highlight the ongoing impact of inequality on our health and our life experiences. From the disproportionate number of deaths as a result of COVID19 to the tragic murder of George Floyd and the mainstreaming of BLM and the anti-racism movement. This conversation has never been more important.

You can find out more about the forum, who our members are and some of the work we have been involved in by visiting www.nabmef.uk

Join the conversation on twitter via @NatAmbBME and tell us you’re coming to this year’s event using the #RaceForCare

 Website - https://www.nabmef.uk
 Twitter - @NatAmbBME


Website - https://www.nabmef.uk
Twitter - @NatAmbBME


Please note agenda timings are subject to change.

Race for Care - #TalkAboutRace

October 7th, 10:00 - 16:00

Housekeeping & Welcome

Tasnim Ali — Chair of National Ambulance BME Forum & Business Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Setting the scene

Will Hancock — Chief Executive Officer, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Inclusive leadership & moving the dial

Steve Russell — Chief Executive Officer, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust


Mind the Gap

Dr Alison Walker — Executive Medical Director, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Malone Mukwende — Co-Author Mind the Gap and Medical Student, St Georges University of London

Margot Turner — Co-Author Mind the Gap, Senior Lecturer in Diversity and Medical Education, St Georges University of London

Claire Hunter — Head of Learning, Development and Quality, NHS Pathways

Agatha Nortley-Meshe — Assistant Medical Director, London Ambulance Service

Understanding cultural humility and its role in leadership education and clinical care

Tom Davidson — Director Centre of Excellence in Paramedic Practice, Institute of Health, University of Cumbria


Workshop Sessions

Delegates are asked to join one of three sessions

Cultural Competency in Midwifery Care

Benash Nazmeen — Specialist Cultural Liaison Midwife

Amanda Mansfield — Consultant Midwife, London Ambulance

Staying safe in the Race – creating safe spaces for conversations about race

Joanna Traynor — Coach, Psychotherapist & co-founder, Senseia

Antiracism and the Role of Allies

Jayne Phoenix — Deputy Chair National Ambulance BME Forum & Bank Associate Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Mark Johns — Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Manager, North East Ambulance Service


In conversation with Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu — Nurse, lecturer, and Emeritus Professor of Nursing at University of West London. Author Dreams from my Mother, Winner Pride of Britain awards, 2019

Jayne Phoenix — Deputy Chair National Ambulance BME Forum & Bank Associate Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Final thoughts & next steps

Tasnim Ali — Chair of National Ambulance BME Forum & Business Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service


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