We originally started through networking in the physiotherapy profession realising the lack of diversity and inclusion, only 10% staff are of a BAME background and there is very little BAME representation at senior level. This highlights the disparities in our healthcare workforce which has implications for service provision.
Not only is there a lack of ethnic minority ethnic representation at the professional level for those who serve the public and make decisions about care but also a lack of understanding of the ethnic minority communities.
In this environment, health disparities are increasing, communities that need the services most are left disenfranchised. Access to care is not the problem, the way the care is designed, how it is provided and by whom is. There is a disconnect between the public and healthcare professionals which causes failure of healthcare teams to meet service users needs.
Cultural Health Club aims to break the mould, helping elevate BAME health professionals in higher positions to change the system internally whilst also providing education to BAME communities to increase health literacy and hopefully destroy health disparities.
Broaden the diversity of the Physiotherapy profession.
This will involve investing in professionals the whole way through their career. We aim to provide a network of experienced professionals who can mentor the next generation. Quarterly meetings will aim for us to push our mission and develop the community. Enhancing the way the BAME community works together is essential to change the narrative.
Create developmental pathways, support and mentorship for Physiotherapy students.
We hope to improve the experience of BAME Physiotherapists and developing their career through access to mentoring and funding from undergraduate level throughout. It is essential to provide a pathway for professionals to be provided with social equity during their career. This will be through finance for courses, support from specific professionals and mentoring within the CHC network.
Elevate the number of BAME Physiotherapists in senior level or research positions.
We have also identified Senior leaders within the Nhs and will be actively seeking BAME experienced Physiotherapists to support. Within the network we have research BAME peers and they will be able to provide insight into how to build a way into the profession. We will need to ensure that we create pathways that meet the criteria of the specific positions.
Increase health literacy and promote disease prevention with other BAME health professionals.
Health literacy is essential to the development of disease prevention in BAME communities. We aim to find ways that develop the deeper understanding of health and wellbeing for the specific people we engage with. We aim to build with community stakeholders that can help develop momentum on the ground. This will then allow us to create outdoor workshops and initiatives.
To maintain integrity, compassion and care for our patients as members of society.
We have no need to really change who we are as people, we must ensure that when we work to achieve the above goals we do this with integrity. It is essential to speak and act with one voice, we will create a way for people to access our services and help with no conflict of interest.