Red Card to Racism
North Bristol NHS Trust
Jas Kaur, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Marcia Dawkins, Unison
Following racist abuse incidences, the Trust developed an engagement exercise to promote awareness and accessibility of the Red Card to Racism policy. This was developed in partnership with Avon Constabulary and trade unions, as well as the Trust’s security team and defines the roles of all staff when an incident occurs.
The aim was to ensure that all staff knew that the Trust had a policy in place and understood the importance of using the reporting mechanism. The policy had been in place for a while but not used so a comms campaign needed to have robust managerial and union support to revitalise it.
- Black history month helped communicate racist experiences to senior leadership
- Staff feel their experiences have been heard and clear action now in place to prevent further incidences
- Reverse mentoring, Cultural Ambassadors, positive action leadership programmes being implemented
- Easy reporting system will help all staff to report their experiences.
The judges felt this project was a strong and compelling example of a good partnership working in action, especially within an organisation where there had been challenges around staff engagement.