Experience of NHS Staff in the South East during COVID-19 (PPE and safety)
The South East Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team launched two surveys in 2020 to give a voice to BAME staff and their daily experiences. It helped inform support on PPE access, fit-testing, risk assessments, wellbeing and speaking up. This is a summary of our findings. It shows that the situation for staff improved between June 2020 and October 2020, particular with regard to access to PPE, however, our BAME staff remain under considerable economic and psychological pressure. We hope you find this document useful to support you in designing interventions for BAME staff and those who support them, and to consider additional work that needs to be done with EDI Leads, BAME staff networks and staff side.
Support for trusts – Standard Operating Process for Management and COVID-19 (2020/21)
Risk assessments for our staff was spotlighted in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of work was undertaken by providers/trusts, integrated care boards (ICBs) and other bodies. This document brings together the basics of risk assessments, the legal framework, governance and recommendations for standard operating procedure.
Vaccination hesitancy: supporting NHS staff in the South East
Vaccine hesitancy among some ethnic groups and marginalised communities has been highlighted as a public health concern by national healthcare advisers. It is always helpful to hear from our staff about the challenges faced, so we can all contribute to best practice and keeping our patients, staff, families, friends and communities safe.
These two videos aim to help our staff to understand some of the issues surrounding vaccine hesitancy and why it is important to have an equality perspective when speaking to staff, patients and other stakeholders about our national vaccination programme. It is important to have the voice of those who are directly affected, and we are grateful to Dr Abdul Oredola and Evelyn Falaye for sharing their experience.
Watch lived experiences of staff in our region:
Communicating our current and future vaccination programmes to our diverse population groups is critical to inflating current health inequalities and ensuring we keep a close watch on wider population health.
Support for trusts
This document is specifically for anyone interested in framing interventions to reduce concerns about vaccination programmes, especially the current COVID-19 vaccination roll out. Historically, our BAME population groups – staff, patients and other stakeholders, have been harder to reach when it comes to medical interventions and healthcare improvement programmes. We hope this simple guidance can go some way to supporting improvement in the area.
The importance of monitoring vaccination literacy, uptake and engagement has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the Government, various arm’s length bodies involved in health and social care have sought to put measures in place, and processes, to gain engagement from marginalised groups to keep communities most at risk, and the wider population safe.
This document provides and overview of the work undertaken along with a summary of resources.