CWP professional wins RCN outstanding contribution award during Black History Month celebrations

16 October 2020

A CWP professional has won a Royal College of Nursing award to mark his outstanding contribution to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and the experience of BAME service users and staff across the health and social care sector.

The awards form part of the RCN North West’s annual event to celebrate the rich history and contribution of BAME nursing staff across our region and in the NHS and Social Care. This year’s theme is ‘Power, Voice and Influence’ and takes place virtually on Thursday 15 October and will celebrate, empower and embrace the talents of the black, Asian and minority ethnic workforce in health and social care across the North West.

Deepak Agnihotri, a trainee advanced clinical practitioner and physiotherapist who works at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), has been described as having made a huge contribution to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda within the organisation. Deepak represents CWP at national meetings in relation to BAME issues and is a key and influential member of the BAME+ Network Group.

Chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey, says: “It’s with great pleasure that during Black History Month we are celebrating Deepak winning such a prestigious award. He is a great role model for the way we can bring in the experience of people to make a difference to what we do. At CWP we are absolutely committed to improving the opportunities for all but with particular focus on really starting to tackle effectively the racial and social injustice within society and to ensure every single person within CWP, and who we work with, has equal opportunity.”

This year’s winners work across a range of settings including in hospitals and out in the community, and in clinical and non clinical areas such as governance, general nursing and mental health. They were recognised for a variety of reasons including their commitment to ensure the BAME agenda is heard nationally, raising awareness of mental health in the BAME community, supporting newly recruited nurses from the BAME workforce through the HR process.

Black History Month is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of nursing staff from BAME backgrounds who work in health and social care across the region.

Congratulating the winners, Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing in the North West said: “Our Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic nursing community play a vital role in caring for people in our region who need it most. The commitment and professionalism shown by Deepak to promote equality and diversity across his organisation is essential to improving the lived experience of BAME staff. This award celebrates the unique contribution that our BAME nursing community makes across the North West.

“However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that there is still a huge amount of work to do to ensure our nursing colleagues from BAME backgrounds have the same opportunities as others. RCN North West is committed to taking a leading role in promoting the voice of the BAME nursing community and challenging employers where poor practice exists."

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