This preliminary study explored the lived experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) senior leadership opportunities available for women in the NHS. A qualitative method was adopted for this preliminary study. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from two BAME senior women leaders from a London-based NHS Trust. The data collected was analysed using the thematic analysis technique. The dominant themes that emerged from the work were interpersonal racism; learning, training and development challenges; intersectionality; working the system and the impact of one’s cultural upbringing on leadership. The conclusion drawn from this pilot study suggests that several issues influence the progression of BAME women to senior leadership in the NHS, which are institutional and deep-rooted, requiring further exploration and hence justifying the need for the current study. We are currently working on the main study. It will be interesting to see if its results agree with those from the pilot study and what further insight can be uncovered.
|Title of host publication||BAM2022 Reimagining Business and Management as a force for Good Conference Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Manchester|
|Number of pages||15|
|Volume||BAM 2022 Conference|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sept 2022|