ICCHNR supports through its work in the UK and throughout the world the aims of the annual Black History Month: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk.

Here we celebrate some of the nurses from black communities who have made a significant contribution to health care, nurse education and research in the UK. In addition, those of us in the UK, will have our own memories of inspirational black nurses, midwives and health visitors we have worked with and, as Kemi Badenoch, the UK Minister of State for Equalities comments, it is important to remember these less well known individuals and the valuable contributions they have made as well.

Dame Donna Kinnair provides an overview of the experiences of members of the Windrush Generation who came to the U.K. and worked in health care:


Professor Lynn McDonald outlines the influential career of the Nigerian nurse who is identified as the first black nurse in the NHS (established 1948):


Dame Elizabeth Anionwu describes the challenges she faced and her work as the first Specialist Nurse for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia,  conditions which affect black-heritage communities:


And ICCHNR Co-Convenor Professor Gina Higginbottom, one of only 155 black professors out of 23,000 professors in the U.K., outlines her career: