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NEW: Anti Racist Practice Solutions for Health and Social Care Staff Conference 18 May 2022

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Date, Time & Location

Mar 17, 2023, 7:00 PM – 7:05 PM

via Zoom

About the Event

There has been a lot of discussion about the problems in health and social care of unconscious bias and racism. We know it exists. Are there any solutions? We have invited a selection of leading speakers with lived experience of these issues to address our new conference. We hope the conference will provide practical steps to take away and result in change within the context of health and social care. At Edge, we know that education and training can to lead to system and culture change within organisations.

We would also be delighted to hear the views of those attending and will invite you to share experiences (if you wish to). If you have lived experienced of racism in health and social care, you can also do this by emailing in advance, in complete confidence. We will collate and share these experiences anonymously. However, we also hope that people that do not have lived experience of racism attend and are part of the organisational culture and policy change that is necessary. Places are limited for this one off special event, so early booking is recommended.


Dr Ahmed Hankir, Award winning Consultant Psychiatrist and with lived experience of receiving psychiatric treatment and care.

Dr Hankir is an award winning psychiatrist in the NHS and will discuss practical ways to support muslim patients throughout a Mental Health Act assessment and subsequent detention. He explains that he developed a debilitating episode of psychological distress whilst in medical school that was triggered by the 2006 Lebanon War (where his family is originally from). During this time he also experienced homelessness and rejection by friends. Dr Hankir says he '...will never, ever forget these experiences of human suffering and struggling which continue to shape my core values and worldview.' This week, Dr Hankir addressed the World Health Organisation conference on Quality Rights on Mental Heath, Recovery and Community Inclusion leading Normal Lamb MP to describe him as a 'star' and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organisation say that many would be 'inspired by him.' In 2019, he was headhunted by senior members of the American Psychiatric Association to co-edit a textbook on Islamophobia and Psychiatry published by Springer and in December 2019, the New Zealand Government contacted Dr Hankor to review a research proposal they received on the psychological effects of the Christchurch Mosque Terror Attack.

Snéha Kilhay, Edge Trainer and Consultant on Race and Diversity

Snéha is a leading speaker on the subject of unconscious bias and racism. Her thought provoking talks have helped many Edge clients identify white privilege, unconscious bias and racism (in all its forms) within their own organisations. Snéha is highly skilled in showing delegates how to recognise racist practice and potential solutions to address these issues.Over the past twenty years she has advised various Mental Health Trusts, Hospitals and Local Authorities through training and consultancy on how to incorporate equality and cultural diversity into policies and practices, particularly in relation to eradicating discrimination and has been interviewed by the press on these topics.

Ola Labib, Pharmacist and Comedian

Ola is a pharmacist and the only black hijab wearing comedian on the UK comedy circuit. As Ola puts it, she is a 'walking hate crime'. Ola has been concerned by racism not just from patients but also colleagues in the NHS. Ola will discuss some of her experiences and talk about her views on addressing these problems. Ola is known in the industry for her infectious charm, edgy comedy material and wry humour. She has already gained serious ground and recognition appearing on Comedy Central Live (Comedy Central), DAVE Black History Month Idents (DAVE) and The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (Channel 4). Ola’s mission to smash stereotypes and expectations through stand up has resulted in her being the first black Sudanese woman ever to perform onstage at the O2 as well as gigging at top venues nationwide and gaining the attention of a host of industry VIPs including Russell Kane, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean and Mo Gilligan.

Chair: Aasya F Mughal (Chair), Barrister and Author

Aasya is a director of Edge and will chair the conference. Aasya will also go through the most recent Mental Health Act detention statistics according to ethnicity and review some key reports into racism (against patients/clients and colleagues) within the NHS and Social Care. Aasya co-authors this popular book on the Mental Health Act, has worked as a patients' advocate on a number of mental health wards and also represented patients detained under the Mental Health Act. Aasya has volunteered for the legal advice team with the human rights organisation Liberty, which led her to look at issues of race within the context of human rights law.

Pricing  £75 + VAT (£90) per place.

This includes a PDF conference booklet and a PDF certificate.  

Venue  Online via Zoom. Meeting access details will be emailed direct to delegate. Please Note: Whilst being delivered online, places are limited.

Questions? Call 07341 277487 or email


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