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Black History Month 2022 at UHDB

From 1 October, Black History Month 2022 begins. This year's theme is "Time for Change: Action Not Words".

Throughout October, we will be sharing stories, information, and events from across the Trust and the NHS that will demonstrate and reflect our actions and attitude in ensuring racial equality. We will be supported in marking this year's celebrations by the Trust's EMBRACE Staff Network.

We are delighted to be celebrating our Black colleagues and communities - and their contribution to our organisation and our society. As a Trust we are deeply committed to continuously developing an organisation that is fair, diverse and representative of those we serve.

Keep an eye on our channels, whether that be Net-i (staff only), our website, or our social media channels, as we celebrate throughout the month.

If you are a Black #TeamUHDB member of staff, and you would like to share your thoughts with us on this special month and its theme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on

Message from EMBRACE Staff Network lead Mwansa Mulenga

"October is a month which serves as a reminder for us all to recognise and celebrate Black history and the future.

"The BHM is an annual recognition and celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of people of Black heritage to the world.

"The celebrations originated from the United States of America where they observe the BHM in February. Akyaaba Addai-Sebo developed the observance of BHM here in the UK and with an educational aim that this month is the stat of the new academic year.

"My wish and hope in observing the BHM is that one day, we will not need to have a dedicated month to celebrating success and contributions of the Black heritage - and have this across the whole year.

"As EMBRACE network lead, I am proud of the efforts and contributions the Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues are making towards the goal of making the UHDB a diverse organisation where everyone can bring themselves to work. We will continue to grow and work together with allies and other staff networks to ensure we achieve this goal.

"I would like to take this opportunity to invite people to come and join the network and be part of the incredible work which has been started across UHDB."

Mwansa Mulenga

Black History Month 2022 - EMBRACE Staff Network schedule





Week 1

W/C 3 October 


3 October 2022 – Prof Cecile Wright from Nottingham University, chair of the Black Lives Matter Derby will hold a session on “why we celebrate BHM”

4 October 2022 – a link shared by ICB on the just and restorative culture

'Allies for Change' programme promoted for staff enrolment

Week 2

W/C 10 October

Health Wellbeing/Health Inequalities

The UHDB wellbeing team have a variety of activities on Net-i which can be accessed via QR code.

Our very own Natasha Stringer from Midwifery will share her thoughts on maternal health.

Our executive medical Director James Crampton will share his thoughts on “Health Wellbeing/Inequalities”.

Week 3

W/C 17 October 

Freedom to Speak Up

FTSUG holding sessions across the two main sites of UHDB - QHB and RDH.


Week 4

W/C 24 October 


Staff comments and observations of BHM

Introduction of SeeMeFirst initiative first developed by Whittington Hospital