See ME First

See ME First - Introduction
The See ME First Badge is a Whittington Health staff-led initiative to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. It says that Whittington Health is an open, non-judgemental NHS organisation that treats all Black, Asian and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E.) staff with dignity and respect.
 
The initative was launched in October 2020 and forms part of our commitment to having zero tolerance for any form of discrimination,  and that staff who are subjected to such behaviour are supported to speak up  and challenge this behaviour in a safe way.
 
Beverleigh, Delia and Paul, the founders of the See ME First project, started with the aim to drive real change in our organisation's culture, and increase the visibility of race equality issues throughout Whittington Health. Since the launch, the initiative has seen a huge uptake — currently over 1500 Whittington Health staff have pledged their support to contributing to a more inclusive and fair organisation.  
 
The initiative has been included in the NHS five year National race equality strategy, their research  suggests that patient experience and outcomes are linked to staff experience. We are a organisation that are made up of a plethora of nationalities and we serve a diverse population of patients— we want to continually improve for our patients and our staff.
We invite all other NHS organisations to join the See ME First initiative.
 
We have developed a toolkit to help with the implementation of this initiative across your organisation. If you would like some more information, contact the Whittington Health See ME First team and we will be happy to share our learning/experiences with you.
 
Follow us on Twitter @SeeMeFirstBadge
 
Many other organisations have already signed up to the initiative. Could yours be next?
 
See Me First initiative partners:
  • Kent and Medway NHS and  Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield Clinical Group
  • North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • London Ambulance Service NHS trust
  • Birmingham and Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS England and Improvement - Improvement directorate  

If you see someone wearing the See ME First badge

Many Whittington Health staff now wear a See ME First badge. Please feel free to ask them why they have chosen to wear it.
 
Everyone who wears the See ME First badge has made a pledge that says:
  • they are sending a message that they belong to an open, non-judgemental, and inclusive organisation that treats all Black, Asian and minority ethnic people with dignity and respect
  • they are symbolising that they uphold the values of listening and speaking up
  • they are reminded that 'people should not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character' — Dr Martin Luther King Jr - I Have a Dream, 28 August 1963. 
Page last updated: 07 Apr 2022
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