Spotlight on AACE’s Anti-Racism promises: October




This October as part of our Spotlight on Racism feature, AACE are sharing a video from Day 2 of the Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), highlighting the experiences of a former black Muslim paramedic student. 

We were delighted to welcome Hafsa Mahumud to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives’ 2022 Ambulance Leadership Forum conference on 7 September.

Hafsa completed her BSc in Paramedic Science in 2020. She has since then completed a Master’s in clinical research, focusing on improvements in implicit bias through cultural diversity educational interventions for healthcare students. Hafsa is now progressing to a postgraduate research degree, focusing her research on the impact of diversity and training on cultural competency levels in paramedics.

At the ALF, in a workshop on day two, Hafsa shared her reflections on being a black Muslim paramedic particularly focusing on her experiences as a student paramedic. Hafsa’s reflections were of such importance, that we subsequently shared the first 10 minutes of the recording with the entire ALF audience prior to the conference close.

We would strongly advocate that everyone who works in or alongside the UK NHS ambulance service takes the time to watch this video, reflects upon it, and commits to doing all they can, at individual, team, organisational and system levels, to ensure that respecting and valuing diversity and inclusion underpins and is inextricably interwoven into their work – for both our patients and our people.

Please help us in disseminating this video – across the ambulance sector and beyond – and sharing the important message and learning Hafsa so articulately talks about.

We’ll continue to post our Spotlight updates each 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.