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Standing against racism

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 5th June, 2020

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is committed to preventing and challenging discrimination, reducing inequalities, promoting inclusion and valuing and celebrating diversity and inclusion. The impact of any discrimination and inequality is profound and wide spread but in recent days the consequences for people who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds have been highlighted.

The death of George Floyd is deeply disturbing and a reminder that where there is systemic discrimination against black, Asian and minority ethnic people the consequences are devastating to individuals, families and communities.

In recent days staff and people who use our services from all backgrounds have spoken of their anger, concern and fear.  Whatever our backgrounds we stand with black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues, friends, people who use our services, and communities. We commit to confronting racism.  

Earlier this week Melanie Walker, Chief Executive, said on Twitter: "Much has been said about the intolerable impact of racism.  Those of us who stand in solidarity today must do more than that. We are right to be shocked and outraged but we must act, persistently, alongside those it affects most, to root out ignorance and hate."

We also recognise that many people are concerned about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and will continue to ensure that staff and people who use our services are protected and supported.  

Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network group met this week digitally to discuss a range of topics, including the current movement in response to the killing of George Floyd, approaches to address hate crime and discrimination and the emerging findings regarding COVID-19 and its impact on people from BAME communities. Our network is a safe, confidential space for BAME staff to come together to share experiences of working at Devon Partnership Trust, make suggestions for improvements and innovations and discuss the impact of behaviours on this protected group.