Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic

Conference and film launch for Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic

Saturday, 5 March 2022 09:30 – 16:30

Hallam Hall, City Campus, Owen Building, Sheffield City Centre, S1 2LX

‘Racism like a virus spreads and causes significant harm.’

Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic (an AHRC/UKRI Rapid Response to Covid-19 research project) has taken a grass-roots approach to understand the experiences of Black and Asian healthcare staff during the pandemic.

This event presents our research findings which includes a new feature documentary and 18 individual testimony films.

Come and be part of the discussions to call for systemic change. Meet and hear some of the nurses and midwives who told their stories and take part in our discussions with a panel of policy makers and strategic leads. The nurses and midwives have collaborated to produce a Manifesto for Change which they will present on the day.

Book your place here

09:00 – Registration
09:30 – Plenary: Professor Carol Baxter
09:50 – Evidence 1: Overview of the project and headline research findings: Research team
11:00 – Break
11:20 – Evidence 2: Film screening, EXPOSED + Q&A with Director, Ken Fero, and participants
12:50 – Lunch
13:50 – Advocacy: A Manifesto for Change: Panel: Neomi Bennett, Equality for Black Nurses; Susan Cueva, Kanlungan; Felicia Kwaku, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer’s BME Strategic Advisory Group; Rachel Ambrose, Nurses of Colour; Charles, Kwaku-Odoi, Caribbean African Health Network
14:50 – Break
15:10 – Action: Taking Change Forward: Panel: Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England; Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England; Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory; Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse at Health Education England; Professor Geraldine Walters, Executive Director of Professional Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Council
16:30 – Close

Black and Asian nurses and midwives, including those who have migrated to support our NHS, have made a critical contribution to health and social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. In February, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recognised that the government “does not know enough about the experience of frontline staff, particularly BAME staff”. It asked the government to consider the “extent to which (and reasons why) BAME staff were less likely to report having access to PPE and being tested for PPE and more likely to report feeling pressured to work without adequate PPE”. The October Lessons Learned report recognises that “the higher incidence … may have resulted from higher exposure to the virus”, but there is little address to racism in the report. The nurses and midwives who participated in our study are survivors of a pandemic and of a system that is stacked against them.

The Nursing Narratives research team:

Principle Investigator – Professor Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University
Co-Investigators – Dr Sadiq Bhanbhro, Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Faye Bruce, Manchester Metropolitan University
Film maker – Ken Fero, Migrant Media
Research Associate – Freya Collier-Sewell, Sheffield Hallam University

This event is funded by Sheffield Hallam University and the AHRC. The registration fee covers all refreshments and lunch. Spaces are limited so please let us know early if you register and later are unable to attend.

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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