"an alliance of BME networks and public service agencies dedicated to promoting fair services free of racial discrimination."
The Health & Social Care BME Network was established as:
“An alliance of BME networks and public service agencies dedicated to promoting fair services free of racial discrimination."
The Network's core membership consists of BME professionals who are well placed to articulate the concerns of BME staff, Patients and Service users in order to ensure that the public sector delivers quality services that meet the needs of BME communities.
The HSC BME Network was launched at the Care Quality Commission 28th October 2011 during Black History Month.
Following the publication of the Stephen Lawrence report the Government passed the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 which places a legal obligation on all public sector bodies to promote race equality.
Sadly more than 10 years later an unprecedented number of reviews have highlighted the failure of the public sector bodies to deliver on their Race Equality Duties to the detriment of BME staff, patients and service users.
The Network recognises the fact that BME people need to take control of their own destiny, but also appreciates that the most effective way to deliver this important agenda is for BME people, senior managers, regulators and all relevant stakeholders to work together in the true spirit of partnership. The Network therefore highlights what stakeholders can expect from these partnerships in order to change the status quo.
The HSC BME Network is an independent National voice for BME people to ensure the Health & Social Care sector delivers on its Race Equality Duty. As the beneficiaries and customers of the Duty, BME people are best placed to assist public sector in this way.
The priorities for the Network are:-
The three main aims and objectives for the Network over the next 12 months will be to:
The Network will organise empowerment workshops for members and allied professional. This training will be undertaken by leading experts commissioned by the Network.
The Network is a company limited by guarantee chaired by Dr Isaac John, who leads a Board made up of healthcare professionals. The Board is guided by a Governing Council Chaired by Surinder Sharma and made up of high profile individuals representing prominent public service bodies who are stakeholders in the unfolding agenda.