Breaking down the barriers facing BME (black and minority ethnic) doctors will be the focus of an ambitious BMA event on widening participation.
Doctors, academics and representatives from the GMC and NHS England will gather at BMA House on 11 July to debate and work towards finding solutions to promote greater access and inclusivity for BME staff in the NHS.
The event is part of the association’s ‘Caring, supportive, collaborative’ project, which was launched earlier this year and aims to utilise the views of doctors to develop a future vision for the NHS.
BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul will open the event, which will see representatives from across medicine and the health service in attendance, including NHS England’s workforce race equality standard implementation director Yvonne Coghill and GMC fitness-to-practise assistant director Anna Rowland.
The day will also see an address from GP and medical academic Aneez Esmail, and reflections on the personal experiences of widening participation by emergency medicine doctor Ronx Ikharia.
Later during the day there will also be a panel discussion, chaired by BMA president Dinesh Bhugra, on the change needed to create a more inclusive and supportive environment in the health service for BME doctors and medical students.