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BAME nurses: online resource will celebrate their contribution to healthcare

You can help by sending details of inspirational careers and ‘unsung heroes’
BAME nurses

You can help by sending details of inspirational careers and unsung heroes

The work of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses over the decades is to be celebrated in a new online resource.

NHS England and the Mary Seacole Trust are calling on people to send in a picture and written statement outlining their or their nominees contribution to healthcare.

The information must cover an individuals career journey, with details of any highs and lows.

Online project will reveal the history of BAME nurses in healthcare

The resource, which will be published online in early 2021, will also include information about BAME nurses and midwives dating back to Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded soldiers during the Crimean war in the 1850s.

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You can help by sending details of inspirational careers and ‘unsung heroes’


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The work of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses over the decades is to be celebrated in a new online resource.

NHS England and the Mary Seacole Trust are calling on people to send in a picture and written statement outlining their – or their nominee’s – contribution to healthcare.

The information must cover an individual’s career journey, with details of any highs and lows.

Online project will reveal the history of BAME nurses in healthcare 

The resource, which will be published online in early 2021, will also include information about BAME nurses and midwives dating back to Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded soldiers during the Crimean war in the 1850s.


Habib Naqvi

One of the leads on the project is interim director of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, Habib Naqvi.

‘A meaningful, and sustainable, online resource’

Dr Naqvi told Nursing Standard that ‘black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to our healthcare system since the inception of the NHS in 1948 and in the decades that preceded the NHS.

‘We hope this will be a meaningful, and sustainable, online educational resource, so that people within our own generation and future generations can learn about the career journeys of some of the more inspirational BME nurses and midwives over the decades, and also of some of the unsung heroes as well.’

Dr Naqvi said it is hoped that the profiles of BAME role models will help inspire others to enter the profession and to progress to more senior roles.

He added: ‘While we have received a very good response following the initial call-out for content, we would also like to receive contributions from previous generations who worked as nurses or midwives.’

To submit a profile, email england.wres@nhs.net before 2 October.

Celebrating diversity within nursing and midwifery

Commenting on the initiative, NHS England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May said she is proud that nursing and midwifery are among the most diverse professions in the world.

‘It’s personally important to me that we commemorate and celebrate this contribution and use this to say thank you to those in the past and the present – and to inspire those coming forward for the future,’ she said.


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