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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity


Welcome to the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Project. Croydon BME (CBME) forum in partnership with The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), in South London, to improve representation and equitable participation of under-represented communities in gaining access to healthcare services and health care research. (CRN)

Black Maternity care, from Pre-conception to Delivery and up to 5 years
(Early years provisions) in South West London

Length: This project will run from, Jun 2023 – Jun 2024

We want to understand which groups in Croydon are experiencing the greatest challenges and barriers in gaining access to health services and which services specifically. This will help provide equitable access to health services and needs led interventions for groups. This also involves working with communities in Croydon to ensure their voices are heard and reflected on research topics, how health research is implemented and the roles of participants within research.

Croydon BME forum is here to support the community, and it is our intention to provide a platform for those under-served voices to be heard. We will work with our local community organizations, community leaders to understand and help address concerns in access to health services and health research.

We plan to carry this out using several different methods: focus groups, interviews, surveys, listening events. We will develop relationships with local community groups, charities, support services and faith groups to ensure your voices are heard and reflected to help improve access to health care services and research

Who are the EDI funders?

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) is committed to improving the representation and equitable
participation of communities that are traditionally under -represented in health-related research in underrepresented groups from the Croydon based communities.


• To identify barriers and challenges that Black and Asian pregnant women face, when accessing health care provisions from preconception, through delivery and up to the first 5 years of their babies life. It will examine and map out, what support, information, advice and guidance is provided along the gestation route and information
• It would encourage maternity service users to share lived experiences on maternal medicine services
• It will engage and stimulate discussion with maternity medical staff to discuss black maternal issues and seek creative solutions.
• To feedback to Stakeholders, to improve future design and ongoing
delivery of maternity care. 

Planned Approach:

  • Maternity visits
  • Build Positive Relationships with Black Maternal Service Users and Maternal HealthCare Professionals
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews
  • Survey
  • Literature reviews
  • Maternity related events

Getting started Know your rights

If you feel you are being treated unfairly, ask for the organisations, Policies and Procedures,on:
1. Equality
2. Data Protection Information Sharing and Confidentiality,
3. Whistleblowing,
4. Complaints and Disciplinary,
5. Customer service/Code of Conduct & Behaviour

REMEMBER to keep good notes of the events
1. Who you spoke to
2. Where and when the incident took place
3. What time and
4. If there were others as witnesses!

Contact details:

Juliyah Brown – Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity Research Project Coordinator/Community Facilitator
07570 334938 – 0208 684 3719

Opening Hours

Head Office 

Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm

Wellness Centre

Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm 

Health & Wellbeing Space

Mon-Sat: 10am – 4:45pm

Sun: 11am: – 4pm 

Contact Info

Head Office 
56a Mitcham Road
Croydon CR0 3RG

Opposite Kwik Fit and BP Petrol Station Corner of Albion Street

Travel information
Buses: 264 – 1 Min to Head Office
Nearest Train or Tram Stop: West Croydon

TEL: 020 8684 3719 

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