This week’s message I would like to cover two subjects that both, in their very own specific way, make an amazing contribution to patients and to colleagues.
The first is Research and Development and the past week the team have been out and about talking to you and the public about what we do and how everyone can get involved. I am very proud of our engaging research department who have over the years helped us build a research culture that is inclusive for all those in the local community, patients and colleagues. I am delighted that we play a key part in medical research and we are now in the top 10% of trusts recruiting participants and their families for commercial and academic studies across the country. Well done Team R&D!
Research has shown that patients who take part in clinical studies have a better outcome and increased confidence in the healthcare team looking after them. Collectively we as a supportive workforce can help the R&D team by engaging with them and working with them to ensure that all patients here have the opportunity to be involved in a clinical study should they wish to do so.
I have recently also become chair of the Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership Board, where I will be facilitating the strategy and involve partners across CRN to optimise their involvement in promoting clinical research and increase the impact.
My second topic is about Black History Month. The 31st of October marked the end of a fabulous month of Black History at the Trust and indeed around the world. The month of October is celebrated and recognised as Black History Month and is a unique opportunity to reflect upon the amazing contribution to all aspects of society that black people from all walks of life and ancestry have made.
This year marks a number of milestones and anniversaries that have had a great impact on our lives in the UK; the Centenary of Armistice and the 70th Birthday of the NHS. What is remarkable is that for both of these huge events in history that helped shape how Britain is today was greatly influenced by the positive impact the BAME (Black Asian and ethnic minorities) have had in service to this nation, and this is seen in the Trust today.
At ASPH we are very proud to have embraced this with interesting, thought provoking and educational series about Black History Month and Black History in general through the eBulletin (Aspire). It has generated very interesting debate and discussion around how much has been done, and how much more we can do going forwards with the recognition of how creatively dynamic we can be as a Trust through our BAME workforce and BAME Staff Network.
The BAME Staff Network was re-launched earlier this year with Hardev Gill, Associate Director for WH&P, and Jaqueline Ince, Consultant in Acute Medicine, as Co-Chairs of the network. The BAME Staff Network will work in partnership with the Trust and the wider Health and Social Care BAME network to promote and advance our diversity and inclusion practices.
Membership to the Network is open to ASPH staff from BAME heritage and those with positive interest in driving forward race equality within the Trust.
Thanks to everyone for your interest and engagement with these initiatives and good wishes for a great weekend.
With very best wishes,