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Nurses celebrate Black History Month 

Black History Month (BHM) is held every October in Britain, the aim is to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and champion the many positive contributions that black and ethnic minority communities make to society.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) held an event on the 16 October in London (see below for further information) and in the South West the RCN are planning events in Salisbury working closely with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.  There will be an event at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust on 22 October, primarily for hospital staff.  A second event, part of a larger public facing event will be held at the Guildhall, Salisbury on 20 October.  This event will be run alongside local organisations representing different cultural, religious and anti discrimination groups.

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting several other events during October to celebrate the achievements and contributions of BME (black and minority ethnic) communities in Britain.
The aim of Black History Month is to promote knowledge of black history and experience, to disseminate information on positive contributions made by the black community and to heighten confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage. 

Steve Long, Non Executive Director and Equality Board Champion, said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for staff, patients and the local community to get involved and understand our local diverse communities."
The Events:

'Communities Together' - A celebration for Black History Month, experience cultures from around the world and the opportunity to sample foods.
Led by SCAR (Salisbury Coalition against Racism), REACH (Salisbury District Hospital BME staff group) and sponsored by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury City Council and WiltsREC

Monday 22 October 11am - 3.30pm - Springs Restaurant (Open to all)
'Mary Seacole and BME nurses at Salisbury District Hospital  ' - An electronic display focusing on Black History Month showcasing high profile national BME nurses with stories from former and current BME nurses from the Trust.
Led by RCN (Royal College of Nursing) and REACH (Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust BME staff group)

For further information about these events please contact  Pamela Permalloo-Bass ,  Equality and Diversity Manager on  01722 429206 email:  

Further information regarding the London event

RCN Black History Month 2012

Venue: RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, W1G 0RN
Date: Tuesday 16 October
Time: 5.30pm–7pm

The RCN Diversity Unit was delighted to host the Black History Month evening reception on Tuesday 16 October 2012.

Our theme this year is celebrating the contribution of BME nurses: Past, Present and Future.

We were delighted to welcome Paula Vasco Knight as our guest speaker.  Paula is the Chief Executive, South Devon Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust and recently appointed National Equality Lead, NHS Commissioning Board. Paula shared her reflections on the evening’s theme and spoke about the on-going contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic nurses to the health sector. 

This year’s entertainment was a costumed monologue delivered by Anika Wilson aka “Seleah”.  Saleah’s Journey is based on the true life experiences of Anika’s family and those from the ‘Windrush Generation’. This is a very interactive story, full of adventure, laughter and song.


• BHM is not just limited to October. There are many more events that run outside of this period from August through to November, which is referred to as Black Heritage Season.
• BHM was set up in Britain by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo. He worked with former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council as coordinator of special projects.
• The first event was held on 1 October 1987. This event, organised by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo and hosting Dr Maulana Karenga from the US, marked the contributions of black people throughout history. Since then, other parts of London and the UK have formally recognised the month with special events and celebrations.

Notes to Editors

For further information, interviews or illustrations please contact Tracey Roberts, RCN Communications Officer for the South West on 01392 357019 or 07841 497 692, email; or the RCN National media office on 0207 647 3633,
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world.  The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

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