My Intersectional Story by Sharifa Hashem

Contribution by Sharifa Hashem (pronouns: she/her), Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT). My history has some complex issues, even though my day-to-day life is recognisable to many. I work in an office-based job, I’m engaged, we have two beautiful dogs and enjoy travelling. The complexity behind that is that I...

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LGBT+ Perspectives: Appearance at Work, By Nora Latapi-Dean

Contribution by Nora Latapi-Dean (pronouns: she/her), Talent Management Administrator at the NHS England and Improvement’s South West Talent Team. How much do you think about your appearance at work? Remember, personal appearance is not only limited to clothing and accessories; rather, the concept of appearance encompasses how we appear to others as whole individuals, whether via fashion, body language,...

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Somewhere over the rainbow: June is the LGBT Pride month, by Michail Sanidas

Contribution by Michail Sanidas (pronouns: he/him), Senior Regional Programme Lead in NHS England and Improvement’s South West Talent Team. Early on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, officers from the New York City Police Department’s vice squad pulled up in front the Stonewall Inn—one of the city’s most popular gay bars, located in the Greenwich Village. The Stonewall...

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Workforce Wellbeing during the Pandemic and Beyond

Katherine Heredge, (pronouns She/Her), NHS Graduate Management Trainee – Human Resources The past year and a half has been extremely challenging and testing for all of us. While many would agree that we have experienced an increased sense of pride for what we do, the unprecedented demands and expectations on us throughout the pandemic have highlighted the importance of...

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Artist-in-Residence

We are pleased to introduce the creation of a new position, Artist-in-Residence. We have created this position as we believe that art, in its broadest sense, can contribute a valuable role to the way we perceive, grapple with and address the major themes of our contemporary environment – not only in seeking to recover from the last year, but...

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Welcome to the new GMTS cohort

We are pleased to welcome our newest cohort of trainees to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in the South West. Across March, trainees have been learning and experiencing the health and social care landscape in the region as part of an orientation period, before starting on their first placements in April. We are looking forward to working with...

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Sensemaker – a research project

As part of our ongoing efforts in the SWLA to take an exploratory perspective on the nature of leadership, both now and in the future, we are delighted to announce a long term project with our partner Cognitive Edge. We aim to use their applied research tool SenseMaker to gather and analyse the collective stories and narratives that are...

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Self-leadership: the neuroscience of leadership and implications for carers

Foreword from Erk Gunce (pronouns: him/he/his) Inclusion Coordinator, NHS South West Leadership Academy   We often talk about ‘what it takes to be a leader’. Dr Raka Maitra (she/her) takes a different approach to this question, exploring the neuroscience of leadership. How does our brain impact our ability to learn from change, challenge and conflict? How does stress and...

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My experiences of setting up Yeovil District Hospital’s Staff Diversity Network

Foreword from Erk Gunce (pronouns: him/he/his) Inclusion Coordinator, NHS South West Leadership Academy   In this article of our Inclusion Corner, Emma, Diversity and Inclusion Lead from Yeovil District Hospital, shares her experiences of setting up Staff Diversity Networks for the trust. Staff diversity networks are fundamental enablers of staff belonging. They must be closely interwoven with an organisation’s...

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