A new wellbeing role has been introduced at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) to further support the health and wellbeing needs of our staff – particularly our Black Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues.
Eric Misewe took up his role as BAME Wellbeing Coordinator earlier this month, and will work with Dr Beverley Flint, Trust Wellbeing Lead, and with the Organisational Development and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion teams. Here, Eric explains what he’s looking forward to most about his new role and how he aims to support staff.
“I’m so excited to engage with staff to create initiatives tailored to their health and wellbeing needs. It’s fantastic to see that with the creation of this role, the Trust recognises how important the health and wellbeing of our staff really is.
“We have seen how Covid-19 has disproportionately affected our BAME communities and I’m looking forward to engaging with as many staff as possible to find out how we can support these colleagues and how to make sure their needs are met so that they can reach the full potential in their role.
“We know that if you look after your staff, engage with them, listen to them and take their wellbeing into account, this then has a positive impact on the delivery of patient care.”
In his previous role, Eric worked at C&I as Clinical Lead for the Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) Team, based within the Personality Disorder Service. Over the years, Eric has also worked in other areas of the organisation, including on acute wards, within the community and in specialist mental health teams.
“I am bringing years of innovative working experience, as well as enthusiasm, to my new role. I’ve always been involved in getting people to prioritise health and wellbeing and have experience of setting up initiatives within teams, such as mindfulness sessions.
Dr Beverley Flint, Trust Wellbeing Lead, said: “I am delighted to have Eric join the Wellbeing Team. He will be a great addition and brings a lot of skills and insight to the health and wellbeing agenda and will ensure that the needs of our diverse workforce are considered at all times.”
Outside of work, Eric enjoys learning new languages and mountaineering – both, he says, make him appreciate life, nature and the world we live in and how doing things you love has a positive impact on your own wellbeing.
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