Revealed! The 2022 finalists of The National BAME Health & Care Awards

We are proud to host the National BAME Health & Care Awards, which recognizes the hard work of BAME professionals

DiversityQ is pleased to present this year’s hand-picked finalists of The National BAME Health & Care Awards – British health and care professionals who are making a difference in our lives. 

A big congratulations to these health professionals who are helping to develop BAME careers and build better health care initiatives for their communities. Their work is making a real impact on diversity and inclusion in health care. 

Why is this so important? As we discussed in a previous article about the challenges of BAMEs at work, healthcare workers have always faced a pressured work environment. In addition to a hostile space, Black employees face discrimination in the workplace. 

It is also more complicated for BAME professionals to advance in their careers. According It is also more complicated for BAME professionals to advance in their careers. According to a UK government report on ethnicity facts and figures, barriers to career progression for BAME groups in the health sector, remain a problem with the statistics, showing senior doctors are more likely to be White (56.2%). The same government figures reveal that among non-medical staff, ethnic minorities are more likely to be in support and mid-level positions than in management positions.

Lack of career progression

The National BAME Health & Care Awards is a positive response to harassment, bullying, lack of career progression and the absence of targeted interventions to help BAME talent reach new heights in the sector. 

Some in the profession have risen to the challenge. For example, Rakiya Suleiman, Equality and Diversity Adviser, NHS Lothian, shares the strategies she put in place to break through the glass ceiling she felt within the National Health Service. 

With COVID-19, we also have new challenges. The situation was already complicated, the pandemic added another layer. Already disadvantaged, BAME health care workers had to continue to provide high standards of care while working through the pandemic, which disproportionately affected BAME groups.

Given these facts, it is important to celebrate the work of diverse health care professionals. More importantly, it is to give them the tools to grow in their careers and continue to lead projects that benefit their communities. Especially when you consider that the topic of mental health is still taboo in the BAME community. 

Did you know that one in four Black, Asian and minority ethnic people who have experienced mental health issues keep them to themselves, thinking they don’t know anyone who would understand? That’s the finding of a study by the British Bipolar Association.

A real societal issue

Representation is one of the answers to this problem, which is a real issue for society. The entire DiversityQ team is proud to host the National BAME Health & Care Awards (BAMEHCA), an annual event that recognizes the hard work and resilience of BAME professionals in the UK health and care sectors. 

For those who want to join us in celebrating the unsung heroes of the NHS and BAME specialist services and find out who the winners are, the event will take place on 9 2022. Register here.

While we await the judges’ final decision, here is the list of nominees, which has been divided into 16 categories: 

BAME Midwife of the Year

  • Rukeya Miah, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust Bradford Teaching Hospitals NH Foundation Trust
  • Jenis Jarvis, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Soffia Ashraf, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Joyce Adu-Amankwah, St Georges University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

BAME Nurse of the Year

Clinical Champion

Community Initiative of the Year

  • Staff Team at the Black-E Arts Centre, The Black-E Arts Centre 
  • Community Development Outreach Team, Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Rukeya Miah, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Positive Action Project NEAS, North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • British Indian Nurses Association, British Association of Physicians Of Indian Origin
  • Society Of African and Caribbean Midwives, (SoAC)
  • Lynne Bromley, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rohit Sagoo, British Sikh Nurses

Compassionate and Inclusive Leader

Digital Champion 

  • Dr Rizwan Malik, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chris Martin, Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • Christy Varghese, Royal Papworth Hospital
  • Rodaluz Trinidad, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Team, North East Ambulance Service
  • Adnaan Qureshi, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Michelle Creese-James, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Rida Shafqat, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Emergency and Critical Care Healthcare Professional

Ground-breaking Researcher

  • Benash Nazmeen, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nurulamin Noor, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sufyan Abid Dogra, Bradford Institute for Health Research

Health and Wellbeing Advocate

  • Atinuke Akinmolayan, Royal Free London NHS Trust
  • Basirat Adejumo (Bolah), Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Faz Tahir, Welsh Ambulance Service
  • Luxmi Dhoonmoon, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jahangir Alom, NHS England and Barts Health
  • Dr Tahir Mehmood, NHS
  • Tony Kelly, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System
  • Ugonna Chukwumaife, NHS & Rehoboth for Families

Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Mental Health Initiative

Outstanding Achievement of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Social Care

  • Adama Luca, Motor Neurone Disease Association Volunteer – currently a student at Southampton University in 4th year of becoming a Doctor
  • Sherifat Muhammad-Kamal, Muslimah’s Academy

Outstanding Corporate Achievement of the Year

Outstanding Technology Contribution

Workforce Innovator 

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