Conference and film launch for Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic

Sat, 5 March 2022 09:30 – 16:30 GMT

Hallam Hall, City Campus, Owen Building, Sheffield City Centre,S1 2LX

Tickets here.

‘Racism like a virus spreads and causes significant harm.’ 

Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic (an AHRC/UKRI Rapid Response to Covid-19 research project) has taken a grass-roots approach to understand the experiences of Black and Asian healthcare staff during the pandemic. This event presents our research findings which includes a new feature documentary and 18 individual testimony films. 

Come and be part of the discussions to call for systemic change. Meet and hear some of the nurses and midwives who told their stories and take part in our discussions with a panel of policy makers and strategic leads. The nurses and midwives have collaborated to produce a Manifesto for Change which they will present on the day. 

Black and Asian nurses and midwives, including those who have migrated to support our NHS, have made a critical contribution to health and social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. In February, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recognised that the government “does not know enough about the experience of frontline staff, particularly BAME staff”. It asked the government to consider the “extent to which (and reasons why) BAME staff were less likely to report having access to PPE and being tested for PPE and more likely to report feeling pressured to work without adequate PPE”. The October Lessons Learned report recognises that “the higher incidence … may have resulted from higher exposure to the virus”, but there is little address to racism in the report. The nurses and midwives who participated in our study are survivors of a pandemic and of a system that is stacked against them.

This event is funded by Sheffield Hallam University and the AHRC. The registration fee covers all refreshments and lunch. Spaces are limited so please let us know early if you register and are unable to attend.

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Nursing Narratives - Racism & the Pandemic

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