Tavistock and Portman Race Equality Strategy 2017–2020 launch

18 October 2017

On Monday 2 October we launched our Race Equality Strategy 2017-2020. Promoting equality of opportunity across the organisation is a high priority for us here at the Trust.

Dinesh Bhugra, Non-Executive Director and our Equality Lead, opened the launch by thanking everyone for their hard work in getting this strategy together. We then heard from Paul Burstow, Trust Chair, who said, “this is not a celebration but the beginning”.


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At the event staff heard from special guest Roger Kline, who is Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School and author of The “snowy white peaks” of the NHS: a survey of discrimination in governance and leadership and the potential impact on patient care in London and England.

Launch speakers

  • Paul Burstow the Trust Chair
  • Rasheed Ogunlaru, Independent Consultant
  • Oyebanji Adewumi, Associate Director for Inclusion – Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Brian Rock, Dean and Director of Education and Training
  • Irene Henderson, Clinical Governance and Quality Manager
  • Craig de Sousa, Director of Human resources
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The Strategy has been developed through consultation with staff across the Trust and focusses on race equality in our workforce. It sets out the actions required to tackle areas of concern in our current performance and promote diversity at all levels of our organisation and across all areas of our work.

Dinesh Bhugra said, “The strategy is incredibly important for an organisation like the Tavistock and Portman. As the needs of the population are changing and the needs of our patients are changing; we need to ensure that we are culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate to deliver services which are our patients will not only accept but will also recommend to others and there this strategy is a step in the right direction."

Race Equality Strategy Launch

Paul Burstow said, “Organisations that genuinely represent the communities that they serve are more effective and safer providers of healthcare.  And for me that is really important reason to act. 

“We are not here to celebrate the publication of a strategy.  We are here to mark the fact that there is a desire to change in this organisation. The strategy is our route map and the journey must encompass everyone at the Tavistock and Portman.”

“This is a declaration of intent. A recognition that we have much to do and much to learn to act differently. It is a statement by the Board that this really matters. It will remain at the top of our agenda. This is about making ourselves more accountable.

“Today marks another step in our journey how what we have done over the last few month translates further in to thoughtful action that this organisation ought to have at its heart.”

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