Purpose and remit of the forum
The forum aims to unify and empower the voices of our Black, Asian and minority ethnic members and influence positive change in the pursuit of race equality, in our association and across the NHS:
- explore and highlight relevant issues and experiences faced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors and medical students in their places of work and study
- act as a consultative forum, by contributing to the BMA’s policy work for members and the wider medical workforce to ensure the Black, Asian and minority ethnic perspective is included
- act as representatives and advocates for the BMA’s work on improving race equality in medicine
- review and provide guidance on BMA products and services (such as employment advice) that support Black, Asian and minority ethnic members
- influence and support external stakeholders to improve support for minority ethnic and IMG (international medical graduates) doctors and students
- raise the profile of the contribution of Black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors to the NHS and the BMA
- support the BMA’s efforts to build ethnic diversity in its membership and elected structures
- help to connect and network with grassroot members, bringing their lived experiences, knowledge, and diverse ideas to the forum and to the wider BMA.
What's happened so far
We have a long history of campaigning for race equality in the medical profession and have actively responded to the disadvantage and discrimination experienced by those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
- held a launch event on 26 January 2021, chaired by BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul, with talks from key speakers like Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Doyin Atewologun and Roger Kline
- called for ending racial harassment in our NHS, which is experienced from the outset of a career in medicine, through our charter against racial harassment in medical schools
- called on the government in early April 2020 to act on the damaging and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 upon BAME NHS staff, key workers and communities, and we have continued to robustly lobby to protect our ethnic minority members from harm
- engaged with NHSE WRES (NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard) in October 2021 on the development of its race equality strategy
- developed buddy and mentoring schemes to help IMGs settle into their roles, in their geographical areas and to adjust to the transition of working in the NHS.
Who can join
The national BAME member forum is made up of elected representatives from the UK branch of practice committees, UK council, representatives from the devolved nations and regional BAME member networks to ensure that we hear from our members across all parts of the BMA about the issues that face them in their places of work and study.
Join your regional BAME network
This forum is supported by regional BAME member networks.
Join your regional BAME member network and help us to drive positive change for Black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors.
The networks offer a space for Black, Asian and minority ethnic BMA members to network and support each other, raise issues, and influence how they can be better supported, and influence the BMA’s national policy and campaigning on these issues. It will also contribute to the BMA’s commitment to improve and better tailor our member services support to Black, Asian and minority ethnic members.
If you would be interested in joining your regional BAME member network, please email your regional coordinator using the details found below:
Region in England
|East Midlands||Jim Stringer||[email protected]|
|East of England||Nigel Mason||[email protected]|
|London||Andrew Barton||[email protected]|
|North East||Adele Heeley||[email protected]|
|North West||Shahnawaz Sadiq||[email protected]|
|South Central||James Steen||[email protected]|
|South East Coast||Hugh Townsend||[email protected]|
|South West||Abigail Moore||[email protected]|
|West Midlands||Melanie Sutton||[email protected]|
|Yorkshire||Elaine McAvoy||[email protected]|
BMA Cymru Wales BAME forum
Find out more about the forum in Wales and how you can get involved.
The forum will elect two members to the UK BAME member forum on an annual basis, in order to represent the views of members in Wales.
BMA Scotland BAME member network
If you wish to find out more about getting involved in the BMA Scotland BAME member network, please email Catherine Johnston.
Should you have any further queries about the national BAME member forum, please email us.
You can call or email, Monday - Friday from 8am to 8pm.
Call - 0333 577 6116