Spotlight on AACE’s Anti-Racism promises: February 2024




EEAST and the Unison Anti-Racism Charter: an update

In our February Spotlight on anti-racism feature, AACE are sharing an update from Tom Abell, CEO at East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), on the progress made since signing up to the Unison Anti Racism Charter.

Tom Abell, Chief Executive of EEAST, signed up to the new Unison’s Anti-Racism Charter, which aims to help stop racism in NHS Trusts, in March 2022.

The charter has committed the trust to a number of pledges, for our leaders, the organisation as a whole and our equality auditing processes. This has led to the development of an anti-racism charter action plan. This action plan now forms part of the Trust’s new 3-year Inclusivity Plan.

Anti Racism Charter - Progress and Update for AACE FC

Since signing up to the anti-racism charter, EEAST has launched its first inclusive recruitment event. It has commissioned an equality survey of our BME staff, which revealed the lived work experiences of our BME staff.

The recommendations have led to the creation and rollout of a number of EDI initiatives, including the development of an anti-racism policy, development of an EDI training programme and the future publication of the Trust’s ethnicity pay gap data, to mention a few.

When Unison launched the charter it asked employers to commit to a programme of anti-racist work for 12 months.

EEAST is taking this a step further and is committed to working on this work for the next 3 years.

Read more about EEAST’s progress here.

We’ll continue to post our ‘Spotlight’ updates every other month in our website’s News section and via Twitter at @AACE_Org.

You can find more information about our anti-racism promises, along with messages from all of our Ambulance Trust CEOs on our Stamping Out Racism page.

You can view all of our previous Spotlight on Anti-Racism features here.