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The BAME leadership scheme that confounded sceptics and is boosting careers

Mental health trust took action to address the lack of diversity in senior nurse roles
Catherine Gamble, Elizabeth Park, Kiran Jnagal

Mental health trust took action to address the lack of diversity in senior nurse roles

When Kiran Jnagal started talking to colleagues about a new nursing leadership programme, not everyone was convinced.

The bespoke programme, designed for staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, aimed to improve retention and develop the nursing workforce at the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. It also had a strong focus on quality improvement. But it was tough initially to get that message across.

Initial resistance

'There was some resistance from people saying it was just another leadership programme – and that staff from BAME backgrounds go on leadership programmes, and then nothing happens,’ says Ms Jnagal, senior development nurse with the trust.

Senior development nurse Kiran Jnagal encountered doubts

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