BSSH Diversity Report
06 October 2020 (Last updated: 23 Dec 2020 10:48)
Equality, diversity and inclusion are subjects that have been brought very much to the forefront of our minds in the past 6 months. As our public statement in June has already detailed the combined effect of the Black Lives Matter movement and by the Public Health England report in to the impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities has been profound.
There is growing evidence that diversity in an organisation increases the likelihood that it will be at the forefront of creativity and successful innovation. Work began in 2019 to explore diversity within the BSSH. Many thanks to those who responded to my online survey, the results have been interesting and informative. BSSH Member Meg Birks has presented her findings to BSSH Council and developed an action plan to further our efforts in this area. She has also consulted with the RCSEng and the BOA on these issues.
The Secretariat diversity has been assessed and this year’s office review has informed development of office procedures and policies, which gives scope for future improvement. A Code of Conduct for employees and members of the Society will strengthen the founding ethos of our Society to be accessible to all. Our full report can be found here. It includes details of the online survey, Meg's enquiries of the GMC and data from the 2011 UK Census. There is a Diversity session planned for the Spring Scientific meeting in 2021 to open more avenues of discussion and present the results of more investigations of our record on diversity in the Society.
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