WINDRUSH DAY: The Invaluable & Lasting Contribution of the Windrush Generation to the NHS

To honour post war immigrants from the Caribbean, who arrived on 22nd June 1948 on HMS Windrush, the Civil Service Race Forum will observe the annual Windrush Day next week.

Bringing the first group of more than half a million migrants who would go on to not only settle in the UK but make a significant and lasting contribution to its infrastructure, economy, and culture. Come and acknowledge the invaluable contribution made by that generation to the NHS and reflect on the current status of Equality and Inclusion in the Civil Service.

The details are as follows:


12.30 – Welcome  – Justin Placide, Civil Service Race Forum network co-chair.

12.35 – Sarah Harrison, Department for Business and Energy DG and Race Champion – reflections on diversity and inclusion.

12.40 – Video comprising tributes to the Windrush generation NHS worker from Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice, Civil Service Race Champion, and a cross section of Windrush generation descendants and their colleagues that work in the civil service.

12.45 – Dr Myrtle Emmanuel PHD, University of Greenwich – presentation on ‘The history and experiences of  the Windrush NHS workers and their intergenerational impact.

13.00 – Allyson Williams MBE – reflections on her experience of working as a nurse in the NHS.

13.05 – Norma Hibbert – reflections of on her experience of working as nurse in the NHS and the impact of the Windrush scandal on her immigration status.

13.10 – Q&A

This event has been organised by the Civil Service Race Forum in corporation with the University of Greenwich and BAME networks from BEIS, DIT, the Home Office, DfT, FCO, MOD, MoJ and DfE.