Dr Calvin Moorley is Associate Professor for Nursing Research & Diversity in Care within LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care and is a registered nurse who practices intensive care therapy. He is also holder of the Mary Seacole Award for Leadership in Nursing. As well as teaching, Calvin does a great deal of research into a broad range of topics including intersectionality, gender, culture & ethnicity.
Recently, he has been investigating & publishing research the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities alongside his research which he’ll be focusing on during the event.
Hi Calvin! Without giving too much away, what has your research revealed about the way Covid-19 has impacted BAME communities?
My initial research was on speaking to nurses form BAME communities on their experiences of working in the health service during the peak of wave 1 pandemic. What it revealed was that group were fearful of the unknowing of Covid19 and there was also a need of structural support required. On a broader level we need to focus on the sustainable mental and physical health of nurses.
How does your broad work around intersectionality & equality embody sustainability?
I focus on health for example the health of marginalised groups such as LGBTQ or BAME. Health need to be sustainable to ensure a good quality of life and the ability to sustain health depends on access to good healthcare services. Some of my work looks at access to and removing barriers to health services which are reflective of Sustainable Development Goal no 3 which is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.
Talk to us about the benefits of reverse mentoring – something you’re an advocate and supporter of…
Reverse mentoring traditionally is about senior colleagues being mentored by junior colleagues with an aim to foster a relationship of learning that removes barriers and allow growth and development. Benefits include better leadership, honest feedback that can help to initiate change and allowing leaders to become change agent on important matters such as race and gender.
Finally, when you think about the work you do around equality, diversity & inclusion, what brings you hope and keeps you going?
I keep going because I am fearful that if inequality and inequity are not challenged then we risk losing a diverse society, community and workforce with exceptional talent.
Meet Calvin and other colleagues for their session on Thursday 14th January at 3.05pm.
For more information and to register for this event, which will be delivered online, visit the event page.