Proud to support the BAME Staff Network at NUH

Halima Dagia

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is proud to be able to fund a new role at NUH, which aims to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff at our hospitals.

There are currently around 3,000 BAME staff at NUH, and the hospital trust’s BAME Staff Network has developed a strategy to tackle eight important objectives, including increasing BAME representation in senior roles, and developing BAME talent.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is delighted to be able to fund a new post, thanks to funding received from NHS Charities Together, of BAME Staff Network Strategy Project Lead. Current Team NUH staff member Halima Dagia has been appointed to the post and will begin her role today (9th
August 2021).

Liz Calderbank, BAME Staff Network Strategy Project Manager at NUH, said: “It’s about building people’s confidence, taking down barriers and making sure the BAME workforce are represented and feel very much part of the decision-making process at the Trust.

“We’re delighted to recruit Halima to the new role, who has a lived experience of being a BAME staff member at NUH, and is an inspiring role model for other BAME staff.”

Halima Dagia has worked in the NHS since 2009, and at NUH since 2015. Before taking up her new role, she previously worked as a Senior Complaints Coordinator at NUH.

She said: “I am really looking forward to being a part of such an important project and it is something that I feel really passionate about. I look forward to building new working relationships and being part of the positive changes that will follow”

Issues which Halima will help tackle in her new role will include bullying and harassment, and lack of career progression and training opportunities for BAME staff.

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are pleased to fund this role in collaboration with NHS Charities Together. One of our Charity’s key objectives is to support staff development at NUH, and with such a diverse workforce at our hospitals, it is essential that all staff feel supported and valued, and that everyone be given the opportunity to develop and progress. 

“We look forward to Halima taking up this newly-created role, and to seeing the positive impact that she and the work of the BAME Staff Network will have on other members of the BAME workforce in the coming months.”

For more information about how Nottingham Hospitals Charity supports staff development at NUH, read our latest Annual Report.

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