A North West Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Board has been established by NHS England. The Board are responsible for feeding issues that arise around the response to Covid-19 into the NHS North West's Incident Management Team, and at the same time ensure BAME issues are at the forefront of decision-making processes.
Bill McCarthy (North West Regional Director, NHS Improvement) and Evelyn Asante-Mensah have been appointed Co-Chairs of the Committee. Evelyn is also Chair of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association, Governor and Board member at Manchester Metropolitan University and Associate Governor at St Mary’s Primary School in Moss Side in Manchester.
The first meeting saw more than 60 people on the call from BAME backgrounds, working at senior levels in both providers and commissioners. Evelyn says "there is a real drive from them already for a system-led approach to the work, and for real change that calls on their experience and professional expertise, and the actual lived experience of BAME leaders from across the region."
You can read more from Evelyn in a blog here, where she invites anyone who wants to find out more about what the Board is doing,to get in touch with her.