BAME Staff Network

The NCL Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network purpose is to create an inclusive culture in NCL CCG where staff from BAME backgrounds feel supported, valued, respected and listened to with no fear of discrimination or prejudice and a belief that career opportunities or experience of work are not predetermined by ethnicity, nationality or colour.


  • Provide a platform for BAME staff to discuss key updates and issues in a safe and confidential environment.
  • Support BAME staff in the CCG through information exchange and engagement.
  • Provide a platform for BAME staff to speak up and feel that they are part of the CCG and have a vital role in the organisation.
  • Assist the CCG in meeting its statutory obligations regarding its duty under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Discuss issues affecting BAME staff and bring these to the attention of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group via the Network Chair
  • Provide a forum for staff to update each other on local and national policy developments and opportunities.
  • Maintain connections with local authorities and NHS local and regional organisations.
  • Improve awareness of challenges faced by staff from a BAME background.

 If you have a question for the network, please email or contact Angela O’Shea if you are interested in joining the network: 

Membership page

Membership is open to all CCG staff who define themselves as Black and/or Minority Ethnic and those with a positive interest in driving forward race equality within the organisation.

If you would like to join the network, please email

Meetings and papers

NCL CCG BAME Staff Network Meetings (see Terms of Reference) are currently held monthly with a focus on creating awareness and implementing the identified areas of improvements for BAME staff within the organisation. These are further supported by NCL CCG BAME Safe Space Conversations, a secure and non-judgemental forum where staff listen to each other’s lived experiences and share this information to improve outcomes.

Meetings Papers

9 Dec 2020 – NCL BAME Staff Network Meeting

BAME Programme

Upcoming Meetings:

NCL BAME Staff Network Meeting

  • 10 Mar 2021– 10:00am-11:30am

NCL BAME Safe Space

  • Friday 25 March 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 29 April 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 20 May 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 June 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 22 July 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 2 September 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 30 September 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 28 October 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 25 November 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 16 December 2022 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 27 January 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 February 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Friday 24 March 2023 at 10.30 – 11.15am
Safe space conversations

As part of our strategic commitment to workforce equality and inclusion at NCL CCG, diversity staff networks have been established e.g. BAME, Disability and LGBT+. These networks are supported by the CCG’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group.

Safe Space Conversations is a small group conversation where colleagues from similar backgrounds come together to share their lived experiences. The group set their own ground rules based on which the conversation is facilitated.

More information, dates and times of the Safe Space Conversations can be found on the Wellness Programme page.

Proud To Be - October was Black History Month!

Poster advertising Black History Month 2021Inspired by Black Lives Matter, the campaign for Black History Month 2021 was called ‘Proud To Be’. The campaign encouraged Black people to share what they are ‘Proud To Be’ of – as part of a month long celebration of the incredible richness and diversity of Black heritage in the UK. 

Our programme of events was as follows:

  • Celebration in Pictures
    • For our ‘Proud to Be’ Black History Month – Celebration in Pictures looked at the life lived by our colleagues’ BAME family and friends, the roles they played either within the NHS over the years or in other environments and their contributions to society. We also learnt about famous/historical places from people’s country of origin.

      If you were not able to attend this event, you can watch it here.

  • Celebration in Art
    • This interactive session looked at Black British, Black African, Black Caribbean and other Black Artists’ profiles and their works.

      If you were not able to attend this event, you can watch presentation here.

      You can also view the full session here

  • Celebration of Famous Medical People
    • This session focused on famous Black medical personalities.

      You can view the presentation here.

      If you were not able to attend this event, you can watch it here.

  • Celebration of Famous Musical People
    • This session focused on famous Black musicians and music personalities.

      You can view the presentation here.

      If you were not able to attend this event, you can watch it here.

  • Celebration of Food – Online Cookery Class and Bring and Share Lunch
    • Four ladies standing in front of a bring and share lunch tableThe Bring and Share Lunch event was an opportunity for staff to bring and share a dish or dishes (savoury and or sweet) from countries around the world, while allowing for staff to meet in person. Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who brought along delicious dishes, some are listed below:
      • Boerewors (South African sausages)
      • Samosas with tamarind and mint sauce
      • Onion bhajjis
      • Dhalpuri
      • Curried chickpeas
      • Couscous
      • Dhal roti
      • Laddoo (Indian sweet)
  • Migrateful – Online Cookery Class
    • Migrateful is an award-winning social enterprise supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to teach their traditional cuisines to the public, providing a way to access employment and integration in the UK.

      Chefs undergo a 12 week training programme that takes them from passionate home cooks to professional cookery class teachers. Teaching provides them with ideal conditions to perfect their English, build their confidence, and share their story and knowledge with the community.

      We secured a wonderful opportunity for a limited number of staff to participate in an online class giving the perfect occasion to learn how to cook a new dish from home while also participating in a charitable activity.

      This was a fun session for those who took part. The chef for the evening was Kay from Ghana.  Kay showed staff how to prepare Jollof Rice with Kelewele which is a plantain and peanut dish!

  • Celebration Quiz competition
    • Emdad Haque and Martin Emery hosted a Black History Month quiz!

      If you were not able to attend, you can have a go at the quiz by viewing the slides here.

      You can watch back the event here.

  • Celebration of Books, Film & Music
    • These sessions celebrated the vast area of talent that has enriched the world through the medium/genre of music, films and books.
      • Famous Black & Asian Films of All Times
        • View the presentation here.
      • Ten Famous Books
        • View the presentation here.
      • Ten Best Black and Asian Songs
        • View the presentation here.

  • You can watch Frances O’Callaghan, our Accountable Officer, speak about the importance of Black History Month and our ongoing events here.
Cultural Exploration staff events

The BAME Staff Network are organising a range of ‘Cultural Exploration – Get to Know’ events to celebrate and learn about different cultures, and to present a learning awareness session of a staff member’s cultural background.

The following events have been organised so far:

  • March 2022 – Irish History to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day – Thursday 17 March at 2 – 3pm
  • April 2022 – Ramadan 
  • May 2022 – Indian Migration
  • June 2022 – Sour, Sweet, Salty and Bitter- an introduction to Filipino cuisine
  • July 2022 – South Asian Heritage Month
  • August 2022 – Notting Hill Carnival

Invitations for these events and more information will follow.

The Network is aiming to have monthly sessions. If any staff would like to contribute to these events or would like to make future suggestions, please contact the BAME Staff Network:

Black History 365 events

The NCL B.A.M.E Staff Network are continuing to hold monthly Black History 365 Events following the first event that took place in January 2022. The Black History 365 Events will be a combination of presentations and newsletter articles (shared in the CCG’s weekly staff newsletter). The events that have taken place thus far have been the following:

  • January 2022: B.A.M.E Classical Singers event – view the slides here, watch the event here.
  • February 2022: History of B.A.M.E Inventors – read the newsletter article here.
  • March 2022: B.A.M.E. Cricketers event – view the slides here, watch the event here.
  • April 2022: B.A.M.E Athletes/Sports Personalities – Tuesday 26 April at 2 – 3pm
  • May 2022: Celebration of B.A.M.E Boxers
  • June 2022: B.A.M.E Classical Instrumentalists
  • July 2022: 10 Famous B.A.M.E Footballers 
  • August 2022: History of Carnival 
  • September 2022: B.A.M.E. Classical Composers 
  • October 2022: B.A.M.E Artists
  • November 2022: Famous B.A.M.E Fashion Icons

If you have any questions, please contact 

The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club

The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club has been meeting on a monthly basis since December 2020. A book and film are discussed each month and the facilitator then disseminates a summary of what was discussed.

Updated Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club Recommended List 

NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club dates 2021/2022:

More dates and times coming soon.

Summaries from previous book and film club meetings:

Useful resource:

A growing collection of Kortext eBooks covering a range of subject areas, including diversity and inclusion, is available to NCL CCG staff via an NHS OpenAthens account.

Please contact Angela O’Shea, NCL BAME Vice-Chair, if you would like to join the NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club. Contact details:

Mind The Gap - A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how marginalised and particularly BME communities have poorer health outcomes. If medicine does not decolonize its curriculum and teach students to recognise signs and symptoms on darker skin tones there will be delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. As well as offering images of conditions on black and brown skins frequently omitted in text books, ‘Mind The Gap’ have also looked at language and descriptors that often assume the patient is white.

You can view the full handbook here.