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​Our Black Lives Matter Pledge

The Black Lives Matter movement has shone a light on the racism and discrimination our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and friends continue to face throughout the world.

We are proud of the diversity of our staff and we must celebrate this. Staff from minority communities play a fundamental part in, and make a vital contribution to, the NHS in Dorset.

We don't have to look far from home to see the challenges faced by people from minority communities. Sadly, our own Staff Survey results show that staff from minority communities are often treated differently and are more likely to have negative experiences in the workplace.

That is simply not acceptable and we are committed to creating a culture of inclusion at Dorset County Hospital with fairness, equity and equality at its heart.

We will not tolerate racism and discrimination in any form and we want DCH to be a place where all staff feel safe, protected and listened to. As a Trust we are committed to doing everything we can to achieve this.

Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network brings together staff from many different backgrounds and we are keen to continue to work closely with them to ensure their views and ideas are represented and responded to.

Our aim is for every colleague we work with and every patient we treat to feel equal and valued. Only then will we have got our culture right.

In October 2020 Chief Executive Patricia Miller was named as one of the 50 most influential BAME people in health in the HSJ. Read more here.

Inclusion Week 2020

To mark Inclusion Week 2020 the Trust launched its #IAm photo exhibition to highlight and celebrate the diversity of our amazing staff here at Team DCH! We lined the corridors with images of our staff to show that although we all come from different backgrounds, we are one team.


Each member of our Trust Board has made their own personal pledge in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.