Hunter Healthcare has been proud to sponsor the recent collaboration between Colourful Healthcare, the organisers of the annual National BAME Health and Care Awards, and The Seacole Group, the national network for ethnic minority Non-Executive Directors and Chairs, on the launch of the first Gifted Ethnic Minority Staff (GEMS) 75@75 Leaders List.

Statistics from the latest NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard report show that staff from Black, Asian and minoritised groups make up almost a quarter of the overall NHS workforce, with similar statistics in the adult social care sector. This report also showed that individuals from these backgrounds make up more than two-fifths of doctors, dentists, and nurses, and almost a third of nurses and midwives within the NHS. Given these statistics, it is important to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions people from these groups have made to the NHS and the wider health and care sector.

Created to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the NHS, the GEMS 75@75 list was designed to recognise the difference being made by health and social care professionals from Black, Asian and other minoritized backgrounds. Nominations for the list were open throughout the month of October (Black History Month), with individuals from within the health and social care sector and beyond being encouraged to recognise the impactful work of their peers by nominating them to be featured on the list.

These nominations have now been compiled, and the 75@75 list has been officially released and can be found here. Congratulations to all of the individuals named on the list. You should be incredibly proud of the contributions you have made and will continue to make within the health and care environment.