Helping those disproportionately affected by Covid-19

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust

The Covid crisis is disproportionately affecting patients and staff from BAME communities and high-risk groups like those living with disabilities, deprivation or social isolation. 

This NHS charity used the funding to recruit Charlene Sibanda, a Health and Wellbeing Practitioner for the BAME workforce in the trust.  

Charlene Sibanda, Health and Wellbeing Practitioner for the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workforce, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“COVID-19 has exacerbated and given a public spotlight to the pre-existing health inequalities BAME communities have been exposed to historically. And it is these inequalities which highlight the need to focus on pioneering better support for BAME staff and communities. 

“In my eyes, my job is a beacon of light for all BAME colleagues across my Trust as it conveys the message ‘we see you, and acknowledge your differences and the needs you have within your work environment as well as your personal lives’.

“In my eyes, my job is a beacon of light for all BAME colleagues across my Trust…”

Charlene Sibanda, Health and Wellbeing Practitioner for the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workforce

“It also opens a door for non-BAME colleagues to gain awareness of the difficulties that we as BAME staff face on a daily basis in and outside of work, and ultimately have an impact on our health and wellbeing.”