Black History Month – 2021



Black History Month is a celebration of black history, heritage and culture. It is an opportunity to share, learn and celebrate the impact of those from African and Caribbean backgrounds and their contributions and influence on our society.

This year’s theme is Proud to Be, which is inspired by the 2020 Black lives matter events and we have invited staff to share their stories, including their valuable contributions and accomplishments within the NHS in South West London. These stories will shared just below and on our social media channels.


Our stories

Sarah Blow our Accountable Officer for SWL CCG wants to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth and the contribution our black colleagues have given to NHS and society overall.

Mellissa Berry, Programme Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the London SWL CCG talks about Black History Month.


Salim Nasir, Project officer in the winter and vaccination program team.

Ifesi Anyamene, Pharmacist/Owner at Fieldway Pharmacy

Sedina Agama, Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation for Merton borough of SWL CCG


Story from Tasha Cummings, Campaigns and Communications Manager at the London South West London CCG

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black history for me isn’t about the specific month, so I make a conscious effort to continuously learn about the contributions and triumphs of black people in the UK and around the world. However, I do enjoy the concentration of activities that take place during Black History Month and also the opportunity for so many to come together at the same time to celebrate.

What’s your favourite part of the role?

I think my favourite part of my role is being able to support so many different projects, which help to inform behaviour change for the benefit of our patients. Such as encouraging patients across SWL to get their COVID-19 vaccination, the Booster and the annual winter flu jab.

My Grandmother also worked in the NHS in the early 60’s at a London hospital and I always feel in my own way, that I am following in her footsteps.

Why is diversity important in the NHS?

We live in an ever-changing society but the NHS has and always will remain a place where we all can receive the care we need. Our patients are hugely diverse which I believe should be reflected at all levels of the NHS to provide a range of perspectives and voices, which can only help us get better at what we do


Historic Stories

Image Credit – Dartmouth College Alumni Files

Dr George Rice was an African-American physician, who worked in Sutton from the 1880s. Read more about his achievements and his impact on healthcare in Sutton.


How can you get involved?

If you have a story you would like to share, please send us a short video, or an email with picture covering the questions below to

•       Tell us about your role?

•       What’s your favourite part of your role?

•       Why is diversity important for the NHS?

•       What does BHM mean to you


South West London

·      SWL CCG

·      South West London and St George’s Hospital

·      Sutton

·      Kingston Hospital 


NHS London

There is a month-long programme of inspirational events and workshops to celebrate, motivate and educate each other. From inspirational talks by Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu and Professor Patrick Vernon to educational workshops on challenging microaggressions, there’s something for everyone.

Download NHS London’s BHM events calendar.

For queries about the ‘So What for London’ and ‘Race Strategy – One Year On’ events, please email If you have any questions or would like more information on all other events, please get in touch with