14/10/2022, 10:21

See below a timeline from 1950 to 2022 we have put together representing some key events throughout the years celebrating black NHS workers. 


  • Granadan-born David Pitt (later Lord Pitt) sets up a medical practice in London.
  • Brighton General Hospital recruits black nurses for the first time! 


  • Beverley trained as a Registered Nurse in Nigeria in 1976. 
  • Beverley joined Whiston Hospital in 1992 as a Theatre Sister and then progressed to become a Sterile Services Manager. 


  • Carol Forrester began her NHS career in 1983 as Clerical Officer within the Health Records Department at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. 


  • Ndebele is a Black Zimbabwean and was born in 1958. He started working for the NHS in November 2003 as a Health Promotion Specialist for African Communities and Sexual Health. 


  • The percentage of Black and Ethnic Minority staff in the NHS workforce in the North West is the saem as in the wider population. 
  • BME staff are still currently not represented at all levels in the workforce. 


  • Two-fifths of all NHS Trusts in London still had zero BME board members.


  • 19.7% of staff working for NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England were from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background. This has increased overtime. 


  • According to NHS England, 42% of medical staff within the NHS are from a BME background.