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Oyebanji (Banji) Adewumi, Associate Director Inclusion, Barts Health NHS Trust

Banji is the Associate Director Inclusion at Barts Health. Banji works tirelessly for the Barts Health NHS Trust Equality and Inclusion (E&I) agenda. Everybody references Banji on all matters for E&I, from the Band 2 wanting advice to the CEO wanting information, Banji is always available and will answer with a reassuring smile. Banji has set up the award winning Career Development Programme for ethnic minority & female staff, the Staff Diversity Network groups, the Listening in Action (LiA) big conversation on E&I which then diversified into the individual site E&I boards and works within the Trust E&I Board. Banji links us all together to ensure each group is known to all and that we work cohesively towards our E&I goals. You will see Banji on any given day travelling across sites with her mini travel case full of notes to attend meetings set by any of the E&I groups. Banji never complains, is always polite, engaging and knowledgeable. During meetings Banji will sit quietly in the group corner, making notes and  imparting information on common themes, goals and projects between the groups; always providing a new named person to work with. Banji is a true powerhouse, our fountain of information on all things E&I, determined that the Trust should address the E&I issues  that hold us back from being the best that we can be for staff and patients. At Barts Health when it comes to E&I we do not “Ask Alexa” we ask Banj. Amazing support to the staff networks too! We have a long way to go but we truly are on a real journey.


 


Banji’s remit includes leading and supporting the delivery of the Trust’s responsibilities in regards to inclusion for both staff and service users. 


Her public sector work experience spans over 26 years which includes twelve years in Civil Service and six years in a London Local Authority where she was the Corporate Policy Lead for Equalities.  She is a trained MBTI facilitator and diversity peer assessor; holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Cohesion Management and a Masters in Healthcare Leadership. Thank you Banji.

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Shona Brown Apr 27, 2018

Banji would certainly be a worthy winner for this category. She has worked tirelessly, with great tenacity, humility and, commitment in advancing our Diversity and Inclusion agenda at Barts Health in practical ways. The award winning Career Development Programme to support progression for women and BME staff arose from Banji's vision and enthusiastic influencing skills. We are now seeing nearly 25% of the 319 alumni of the programme secure promotions. Our Staff Diversity Network subgroups are a vibrant group of champions, persuaded by Banji's ability to motivate and inspire people. Each delivering meaningful changes to make Bart's Health a better place for staff and patients - our BartsAbility Passport to support reasonable adjustment is a practical example of this.

Banji ensures those she work's with a put forward for recognition and appreciation, celebrating success a key part of her commitment to others. Now it is our chance to put her forward for recognition - THANK YOU Banji for all you do. You are an inspiration to many of us.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank You, Shona. Not much could have been achieved without a manager/Director like you.
I appreciate the support you have provided over the years, to bring us to where we are.
The fact that I am 'coming out of my shell' says a lot about your leadership. Thanks Prof!.

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Michael Pantlin Apr 27, 2018

Banji is adept at bringing truth to power and can take pride in shaping real improvements for BME staff at Barts Health. Banji has proved that progress on inclusion can be made at pace - busting a myth that many fall for.

I have seen many staff take inspiration from Banji and this includes me and the executive team.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

I'll remember the trip to NHS England - taking time out of your busy schedule made a difference. Also, being one to come to, to remove any 'blockages' for #BartsAbility is appreciated
Thank you, Michael

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Loverne Oredeko Apr 27, 2018

Banji is a highly Inspirational Leader and we are very Lucky to have such a special colleague. Banji is always kind, caring and goes the extra mile to ensure staff are well supported and feel valued. Banji deserves this award she has worked hard for many years, and because of her commitment to Barts health BME and Inclusion agenda, Banji still keeps going from strength to strength with professional integrity, courage, compassion and taking the action required to influence positive changes within our workplace. I cannot thank Banji enough for her wholehearted Leadership, great enthusiasm and Inspirational mindful spirit.
We are very proud of you Banji, you Inspire us! Be very proud of yourself and your achievements.





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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank you, Loverne
Your commitment to the Inclusion agenda is admired and I am confident that your contribution to the Trust, not only as a senior Nurse but also as one of our WRES experts will further help in building an inclusive and leading healthcare organisation.

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Lucie Butler Apr 30, 2018

Banji is a total inspiration. Through her leadership she has supported and coached me in my role of site chair for the quality and inclusion group. Her unswerving optimism, standards and dignity are truly inspiring.
I am more than honoured to place my vote here as I believe Banji to be a fantastic example of compassionate leadership.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Lucie, words can't express my gratitude. I remember the day I discovered we had a similar MBTI profile, and strangely I felt some relief! phew!
You are a TRUE leader and one I admire - thank you for YOUR support in this journey.

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Claire Davis Apr 30, 2018

Banji is absolutely an inspirational leader. I will always be grateful that she took time out of her very busy schedule at Barts Health in London to travel to Nottingham to present to a cohort of future NHS leaders about the innovative work on inclusion she leads for the Trust. She and her colleague, Karlene, gave an excellent presentation and many members of the audience went to speak with Banji afterwards to find out how they could learn more about her work and make use of it in their own organisations.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Claire, I appreciate the fact that you had such confidence to have put Karlene and I forward as a key speaker at the Nottingham event.
Your positive impact with regards to the inclusion agenda at the Newham hospital site is also evident - thank you

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Zaliwe Chabala Apr 30, 2018

I would describe Banji as the backbone of most of the Trust BAME and the Equality & Inclusion groups, leading and coordinating in a such a way that is meaningful and tangible to all. A true leader who has great passion to see an equitable world for both staff and patients. She has time for everyone and has this amazing energy that is infectious to people she associates/works with. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work and represent the Trust outside on Equality issues with her. You truly deserve the accolade and a great many thanks for the hope you give to others.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Zaliwe, right from the very beginning of your journey at Barts Health, our paths crossed. You agreeing to feature in the NHS England sponsored film was bold, brave and brilliant! These are qualities I also admire about you
Best wishes for the future.

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maria fearon Apr 30, 2018

Banji is an absolute trail blazer when it comes to promoting and supporting staff at Barts Health and truly deserves to be recognised for all her work over many years. Banji is inspirational to many staff and I am grateful that she continues to highlight promote and works tirelessly to bring about a change in attitudes and the ethos of Barts Health. I can personally say that Banji has provided invaluable support to me in the past.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Maria, you are a role model in your chosen field. I remember the valuable contribution you made with others when making a case for change. Thank you for speaking up.

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Karlene Akindele Apr 30, 2018

Banji is the bedrock of Diversity and Inclusion, she lives it, embrace it and share it with others. She is a true champion and leader for this cause. Banji enthusiasm and dedication to the work of diversity and inclusion is contagious - she bring you along with her to join in her quest to encourage and embed Diversity and inclusion in our daily routine. A true inspiration to us all.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

What can I say, Karlene! Better still, Lady Karlene.
I appreciate all that you do, thank you.

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Valerie Phillips Apr 30, 2018

Banji is an inspirational leader who is hard working , compassionate and resilient. You are an excellent role model and we at Barts Health are extremely proud of your achievements and work within diversity and inclusion.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Valerie, from Whipps Cross days up to Barts Health, you have maintained a consistent and tenacious grip on ensuring standards don't slip. Not just in 'Moving and Handling' but also in ensuring fairness. Thank you for being a voice for those who are not able to speak up or didn't even know that they had a voice. .

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Adnan Masood Apr 30, 2018

Banji would be a worthy winner for her inspiration, determination and hard work for making things happen in an area where its not very easy to make a change. Banji's optimism in advancing on Equality and Inclusion agenda is second to none. Wish we could have more Banjis so that our workplaces would be better places to work.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Adnan, it's a joy working alongside you in the OD team and it is having hard working colleagues like you around, that also ignites the confidence that the future is bright for Barts Health. Thank you.

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Andrew Attfield Apr 30, 2018

Banji has my vote every time - outstanding colleagues and utterly committed to improving E & D in the NHS

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank you, Andrew. You are indeed a true leader who has contributed towards the reduction of Health inequality in east London with all the programmes you lead on. I have enjoyed working alongside you and your team and I thank you specially for your support.

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Ellen Sykes May 1, 2018

Banji is quite simply an inspiration. Her integrity, passion, humility and dedication reflect what a natural leader she is. She is respected throughout the organisation and has without a shadow of a doubt been instrumental in improving the working lives of countless staff in turn allowing them to provide more compassionate care for our patients.
I cannot thank her enough for the support she has shown me over the years and the fun in working collaboratively with her!
She is a more than worthy winner!

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Ellen, thanks for your support and valuable contribution in your own way, to progressing the Inclusion agenda in your area of specialty.

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Lydia Warren May 2, 2018

Banji is a true role model, you have given me hope, that we can make changes, and enabled me to do so. With commitment to E&I with regards to Disability work and I thank you for your support and my confidence has grown.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Lydia, I am so proud of you and also grateful for your continued pursuance of fairness in the experience of people with a disability at Barts Health. Both your contribution and that of fellow members of #BartsAbility that you co-chair, is highly appreciated, thank you.

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Uzo Umemezie May 2, 2018

Banji is totally committed to the Equality agenda. Despite her busy schedule with her immediate work responsibility, she is still part of a Pan London project working on improving the experience of BME staff by the reducing discrimination for BME staff across London. She has been actively supportive with this work and so has my vote for this award.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Uzo, you are part of this journey and I appreciate how helpful you have been to me and the wider OD team. Thank you.

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Louise Jordan May 2, 2018

Banji is a truly inspirational leader and advocate for Women and BME staff within our organisation. Banji really listens to those who seek her advice, no matter how big or small the problem. She always provides appropriate guidance and feedback to staff giving them the confidence to tackle issues and sparking a drive in people to be the best they can be.
Banji would be a very deserving winner of this accolade, a complete role model - you have my vote!

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Louise, you are a fantastic change agent, and proof of your commitment to making a difference is evident in the projects you are involved in especially at Newham. Thank you for your vote.

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Alwen Williams May 2, 2018

Banji is a very inspirational leader who has a very positive and influential role at Barts Health. She is a joy to work with, is a great role model and she works well with everyone. She has supported me in taking forward our equalities & inclusion agenda

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Words alone, can not express my gratitude to you, Alwen.
Firstly, for coming to Barts Health and secondly for prioritising the Organisational Development agenda of which Inclusion is key. You have led in words and deed and have made a significant difference to the lives of many.
It is my privilege and honour to work with you. Thank you for your support.

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Charles Knight May 3, 2018

Banji would be a very worthy recipient of this award. She has really led the inclusion agenda across four hospitals in East London. A great leader. She is a real inspiration!

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

I'll always remember St Bartholomew's Hospital as leading the way in setting up its Equality and Inclusion Group. Thank you, Charles for your support.

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Charles Rukwengye May 3, 2018

I nominate Banji because she has epitomised what Diversity is all about and has embedded the values of Inclusion in the Trust through her attention to details and her support she offers to staff. She would be a worth recipient of the award.

Charles Rukwengye PhD - Inclusion Practitioner

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Charles, its great having you as part of the Inclusion team. Thank you for all you do.

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Charles Rukwengye May 3, 2018

I nominate Banji because she epitomises Diversity in her actions and the support she offers to colleagues and other staff. She would be a worthy recipient of the award

Charles Rukwengye PhD

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Sarah Silverton May 4, 2018

Banji is kind and personifies kindness. I will cite the book “Intelligent Kindness” (Ballatt and Campling, 2011) to explain why this is so important in the NHS and as a BME inspirational leader.

The word kind means ‘nature’, ‘family’, ‘lineage’ – ‘kin’. It indicates what we are who we are and that we are linked together, in the present and across time. The word kindness indicates the quality or state of being kind. It describes a condition in which people recognise their nature, know and feel that this is essentially one with that of their kin, understand and feel their interdependence, feel responsibility for the successors and express all this in attitudes and actions towards each other.

Kindness is both an obligation to one’s kin born of our understanding of our connectedness, and the natural expression of our attitudes and feelings arising from this connectedness. Kindness challenges us to be self-aware and takes us to the heart of relationships, where things can be messy, difficult and painful. People who are ‘rooted’ in a sense of kinship with each other are inclined to attentiveness to the other, to gentleness, warmth and creativity on their behalf. Kindness is kinship felt and expressed.

Now what is more likely to engage people in value-based vision and supporting them in making it real? And what is more likely to motivate people to address inequalities and champion people’s rights, than somebody who is kind?

That sums up Banji.

To quote Maya Angelou - I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Banji makes you feel kinship!

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Dionne Daniel May 5, 2018

I have never had an interaction with Banji that is negative. She has been a real support to me especially when I started and the environment is tricky. I really hope that she wins this award as she is sometimes underestimated. She is one of the reasons I am proud to work at Barts Health and possibly why I am still working here despite a few difficult years . Please vote Banji , a truly inclusive leader x

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank you, Dionne

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank you, Sarah (Sista) for your kind words
It's a pleasure and joy working with you.
I also appreciate your compassionate leadership of the Patient Experience agenda - what you are doing for our patients, service users and carers is evidently from the heart.
Thank you for your support.

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Dionne Daniel May 5, 2018

I cannot do justice to all the comments here but I will say that Banji is truly inclusive which men’s that she works with everyone on the equality agend. She epitomises and lives the Barts Health. Slurs

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Dionne, you are a hard working Nurse leader. Your contribution to the development of the Career Development Programme, especially during the focus group days was a spur for me to see things through. Your positive challenge to the working group and added expertise of working on a similar project in another Trust meant a lot. Thank you.

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Marufa Begum May 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Banji a few days ago in an event. We spoke over lunch and though we only spoke a few words and met the once, I knew I had met someone special. Banji has a way of making you feel like your opinion matters, always listening with an open mind and positive attitude, her bubbly energy is costagious and she isn't afraid to speak out! Her ability to include, appreciate, respect and learn from others makes her special. Very rarely you meet people like Banjo, but when you do, you feel privileged to have had the chance.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Thank you, Marufa for your kind words
Wishing you the very best!

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lola kehinde May 8, 2018

Banji has been an inspiration to staff in the organisation. She is an encourager, motivator, inspirer, work hard to get Staff Diversity Network on Bart's Health agenda. Working with her has been very useful, she got the development programme for the BME staff and women into the organisation and with feedback from that many staff that has moved to position they never thought they could reach, even in staff personal life milestone they never though they can reach was reached.
You have been very supportive to me and my service, we really appreciate your hard work and I believe from my heart of heart that you have touched so many lives including mine.
I am very fortunate to know you and work with you, everything I learnt from you is very valuable and am grateful for that, I will continue to cherish it.. THANK YOU
I am happy to vote for you.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

L-O-L-A! It has been a joy and privilege knowing and working with you and your team. Your support for your team members is admirable and your passion for your chosen specialty is amazing. Co presenting with you to the Nursing Times Awards panel of judges and reading your articles, I'm confident that I have met a Nurse leader on a mission.
Keep the flag flying and reaching out to many other Nurses who are yet to fully reach their potential. Thank you for your support.

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McIntoshNichole May 8, 2018

You certainly get my vote Banji! Truly truly, an inspirational leader! The NHS needs more leaders like you! I salute you.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 10, 2018

Researcher extraordinaire! Nichole, thank you for being a role model to many. It was a great joy and privilege witnessing you walking down the Abbey carrying the lamp. Keep the flag flying and thank you for your support.

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McIntoshNichole May 11, 2018

Thank you Banji! I will. I learned from the best!

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Jason Saunders May 10, 2018

One thing I have learnt from Banji is that she is totally dedicated to her job with passion and intellect. An amazing leader and role model for all.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 27, 2018

Jason, I remember the calming contributions you made whilst we were on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme - they made a difference. Thank you for your support

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Jeanette Williams May 18, 2018

Banji you are truly an inspirational Leader who is compassionate and supportive congratulations on your nomination

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 27, 2018

Thank you Jeanette. Keep up the great work you are doing at East Sussex Healthcare. Best wishes

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Tigist Teferi May 22, 2018

Congrats on being shortlisted Banji, you really deserve this recognition. All the best.

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Oyebanji Adewumi May 27, 2018

Tigist, I am so grateful for you stepping up just over a year ago to take on co-chairing the BME staff diversity network subgroup at Barts Health. Things have not been the same since - thank you
With both grace and excellence, you and Veronica have supported the amplifying of staff voice, especially BME staff - I celebrate you too!

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Monicapela May 29, 2018

Banji is an anti discrimination warrior daily infusing equality awareness and steadily creating a positive difference in the culture of Barts Health

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Oyebanji Adewumi Jun 10, 2018

Thank you, Monica. Your drive and commitment to see fairness in the workplace is commendable. You have come a long way - Best wishes

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