This has been the hardest time ever. I feel that my head is going to explode. My feet are walking, not with a pace of haste but with a foot drag because what is the point? It is like going through the doors of no return. My hands are moving but just enough to make sure I can pay my bills. I can manage only at the thought of getting another pay slip. But is that wage worth it? The workplace is dangerous. I am exposed to subtle and direct racism and discrimination from my colle
Today, we celebrate nurse Princess Campbell, not only one of Bristol’s first black nurses but also one of the first black ward sisters in the NHS and a pioneering figure in the activist scene in Bristol. Nurse Campbell came to the UK in the early 60s where she experienced racism both at work and in her personal life. This led her to actively fight for the rights of her fellow Black people from early on in her career until hear death. Nurse Princess Campbell was born in Kingst
Today, we discuss the programme “ Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour?” hosted by Black actor David Harewood on BBC One. It’s now been a just over a year since the pandemic first hit and it has been devastating to see the tragic effects it had on Black and Brown communities. In the programme, David investigates why Black and Brown people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and we will highlight some of the key findings in the programme. The programme star
Today, we celebrate Nola Ishmael, the first person from a non white background to become a director of nursing in London. She also was a nursing officer in the Department of Health from 1994 to 2003 where she contributed to the development of policies in areas such as public health, inequalities and the Mary Seacole Leadership Award which helps nurses develop their careers into leadership roles. Nurse Ishamel was born in Barbados in 1943. She came to the UK at the age of 19 t
Princess Ademola - Source : Imperial War Museum Today we celebrate the story of Princess Adenrele Ademola , a Nigerian royal who worked as a nurse in Britain for 30 years and who inspired many in West Africa to follow her steps. Princess Adenrele Ademola was born in Nigeria in 1916. Her father was King Alake of Abeokuta, a prominent king in the southern region of Nigeria. Princess Ademola first arrived in Britain in 1935 aged 22. She originally stayed at the Africa Hostel
Today we look at various ways Black nurses and healthcare professionals can stamp out and fight against daily racism and discrimination in the workplace.
Racism within healthcare is still way too common. Black, Asian and other non white workers are more likely to be subjected to unfair and disproportionate disciplinary procedures and often have limited access to career progression than their white counterparts. In addition, despite the NHS employing a high proportion of Blac
Today, we talk about Baroness Doreen Lawrence's review into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and non-white communities which was released a couple of weeks ago. As the Covid Pandemic started to unfold and it became clear that people of Black, Asian and non-white backgrounds were dying at a disproportionate rate because of it, Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer asked Baroness Doreen Lawrence (mother of the late Stephen Lawrence) to investigate