Elsie Gayle: How The Windrush Generation Helped Build The NHS

Black History Month /Elsie Gayle: How The Windrush Generation Helped Build The NHS

As part of Black History Month the University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present a talk with Elsie Gayle.

In this presentation Elsie Gayle provides a personal reflection on her experiences as someone who came to the UK to work in the NHS, an interactive exploration of persistent existing health inequalities across the life course, and steps practitioners can take to address them.

In doing so will be bringing to light how the creation of the National Health Service brought large numbers of health workers to Britain from the Commonwealth countries, to both train and work in the service. Despite barriers to their integration many have led successful lives, with their knowledge and skills having made a significant continued contribution to the success of the NHS. Yet today Black people, and particularly Black women, are significantly disadvantaged in the provision of healthcare.

Elsie Gayle is a midwife in private practice, with significant national and international experience. She Co-Chairs the Society of African and Caribbean Midwives in the UK, and is dedicated to ameliorating the historical inequalities in service provision, the root causes of obstetric violence; the poor outcomes for disadvantaged mothers and babies, and in particular those of African descent. Elsie received an Honorary Degree from the University of Wolverhampton in 2021.

This event was recorded on 6th October 2021.

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