Left to right: Dr Sunil Sthanakiya, Dr Abdullah Mia, Abdul Choudhury, Gordon King, Tendai Ndongwe and Steve Gilbert.

In February, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) hosted its inaugural Mental Health and Black and Minority Ethnic Communities conference.

Keynote speakers at the event talked about shaping services for the future for BME communities, improving outcomes in mental health for Black Caribbean and BME communities, stigma, unconscious bias and the equality agenda at NHFT. The event also provided an opportunity to update delegates on NHFT’s Moving Ahead project and how this has progressed out in the community.

Conference facilitator Gordon King, Deputy Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Specialty Services at NHFT, said: “We were delighted to have such a high standard of keynote speakers and I would publicly like to say thank you to Professor Swaran Singh, Steve Gilbert, Tendai Ndongwe, Dr Abdullah Mia, Dr Sunil Sthanakiya and Abdul Choudhury.

“Their enthusiasm and knowledge really helped to build the conversations around the room. It also enabled the audience to question and challenge how things can move forward and progress within BME communities. It really was an interesting day and provided much food for thought.”