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BME nurse leaders: perceptions of what’s possible

At Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, black and minority ethnic staff are actively encouraged to apply for more senior roles, with one-to-one coaching from the trust’s chief nurse just one of the supportive measures on offer.
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At Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, black and minority ethnic staff are actively encouraged to apply for more senior roles, with one-to-one coaching from the trust’s chief nurse just one of the supportive measures on offer

Since Rukeya Miah joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 16 years ago, she has progressed from midwifery student to matron.

‘As a clinician, you need a hunger to develop,’ she says. ‘How you reach your end goal is then down to the organisation and you, working in partnership.’

After qualifying as an adult registered nurse in 1994, Ms Miah took a shortened midwifery programme at Bradford, then decided to stay with the trust.

‘It was the best decision I made,’ she says. ‘The opportunities I’ve had here since then have been instrumental in

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