News posted 14 April, 2021

The first virtual ceremony for this year’s National BAME Awards set to take place this week

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We are very proud that a total of 13 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) staff members have been shortlisted for an award at this year’s National BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Health and Care Awards – which is the highest number of shortlisted nominations for any Trust in the country.

The awards have been developed to celebrate the progress made in supporting BAME staff to thrive in healthcare organisations. The winners will be announced across four virtual events, taking place from April 15th – May 6th, 2021.

Acknowledging the impressive volume of nominees from MFT, Group Executive Director of Workforce and Corporate Business at MFT, Peter Blythin said: “It is a great achievement that MFT have received the most nominations for the National BAME awards across the UK. This is a real testament to our dedicated and hardworking staff across the Trust and reflective of our valued, diverse workforce. I would like to wish all nominees the best of luck with the awards.”

Shortlisted colleagues in the following categories at MFT include;

  • Compassionate and Inclusive LeaderRole Model: Subir Datta, Manchester Royal Infirmary.
  • Ground-breaking Researcher: Indi Banerjee and Sharmila Gopisetti, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
  • Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion Lead: Rahila Razak
  • Clinical Champion: Nasaim (Naz) Khan, Saint Mary’s Hospital.
  • Health and Wellbeing Advocate: Gayathri Subramanian, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Sasha Henriques, Saint Mary’s Hospital.
  • Workforce Innovator: Bindu Kurien, Manchester Royal Infirmary; Hafsa Atique-Ur-Rehman and Nour Moteirek, Pharmacy Team (Clinical Scientific Services) and the Manchester International Fellowship Programme Team.
  • BAME Nurse of the Year: Carol Bartley, Manchester Royal Infirmary.
  • Emergency and Critical Care Healthcare Professional: Le’Asha Gabriel-Richards, working at Manchester Royal Infirmary, part of Clinical Scientific Services.

Some of you will be aware that very sadly, Dr Subir Datta, Specialty Doctor in Cardiothoracic Surgery based at Manchester Royal Infirmary passed away last month following his nomination. Subir’s family would like his nomination to continue in his memory.

We would encourage colleagues to support the awards and to the first of the virtual award ceremonies is due to take place this week on Thursday, April 15th at 5pm. To virtually attend, please click here. For more information about the proceeding awards, click here. Please also look out for social media posts from @MFTnhs and our hospital accounts.

The National BAME Health and Care Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of BAME staff, allies and support networks from across the health and care fields in making significant improvements in career development support for BAME staff. This includes exceptional initiatives and leadership, and the improvement of services, or access to services for people from BAME communities.

Award winners will have access to on-going peer support and professional development programme to encourage their further development towards significant leadership roles in health and care in their future career.