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BRAG shortlisted for national award

  • Posted by Annie,
  • Deputy Director,
  • in Listen up,
  • August '23

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Research Advisory Group (BRAG).

BRAG has been shortlisted for the Community Initiative of the Year in The National BAME Health & Care Awards 2023. The awards celebrate BAME staff and networks across British health and social care who are forging better healthcare initiatives for their communities.

BRAG members are community leaders who work strategically and practically to bring a focus on race equity, inclusion and effective community engagement to health research in Greater Manchester. The group is facilitated by Vocal.

Congratulations to current and previous members of BRAG.

Current members:

Previous members:

BRAG is not only important but crucial if we want to see phenomenal improvements in health research because people from BAME backgrounds are often under-represented or not represented in the development and delivery of health research and they are often the ones that have the increased morbidity rates. BRAG started with a collaborative approach between the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and the GM BME Network, chaired by Atiha Chaudry because the health of all people matters, and we want to ensure that the difference we make in research enables diverse communities to live happier and healthier lives.

—Davine Forde, Associate, Manchester BME Network CIC, NHIR Manchester BRC Governance Board

The BRAG model has potential to be adopted more widely in health care.

This work…could be adopted by the NHS in formal consultation processes making their services more accessible...As a CEO of a BAME highlights the potential of a successful engagement – co production model. As a carer, it gives a degree of confidence that there are channels to present the voice of the BAME community.

—Khudeja Amer-Sharif, CEO, Shama Women’s Centre, Leicester

Being nominated and shortlisted is already a huge achievement and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a win at the awards ceremony on September 28th.