Two NHS professionals from Bradford have been shortlisted for prestigious awards at a national health and care award ceremony.
Rukeya Miah, a senior midwife and deputy associate director of Nursing at Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been nominated in four categories at The National BAME Health & Care Awards.
Dr Sufyan Abid Dogra, a principal research fellow at Born in Bradford, is one of three nominated in the Ground-breaking Researcher category.
The National BAME Health & Care Awards honour British health and care professionals who make a difference in people’s lives.
The award ceremony is a positive response to harassment, bullying, lack of career progression and the absence of targeted interventions to help Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic talent reach new heights in the sector.
According to a UK government report on ethnicity facts and figures, barriers to career progression for BAME groups in the health sector, remain a problem with the statistics, showing senior doctors are more likely to be white (56.2%).
The same government figures reveal that among non-medical staff, ethnic minorities are more likely to be in support and mid-level positions than in management positions.
Rukeya Miah, deputy associate director of Nursing, senior midwife, and professional midwifery advocate, who currently works as the Vaccine Equalities Lead for Bradford District & Craven District Vaccination Programme, has been nominated for four awards, including Midwife of the Year, Outstanding Achievement of the Year, Community Initiative of the Year, and Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion Lead.
Mrs Miah qualified as a nurse in 1994 and has gone on to become a senior leader at Bradford NHS Foundation Trust, a matron, and a guest lecturer at the University of Bradford.
According to official statistics released by the NHS, one in five nurses in the UK are from an ethnic minority community but only 3.9% of female chief nurses are Black or Asian.
Since April 2021, Mrs Miah has worked as the lead Covid-19 vaccine lead in Bradford, working tirelessly to roll out the Government’s vaccination programme as well as reduce vaccine delay and hesistancy among minority groups.
Last month, Mrs Miah held a session on maternal mental health for young and expecting mums at the Khidmat Centres, discussing mental health and vaccine delay in women.
Mrs Miah said: “The nominations have filled me with immense pride. I would like to thank the judges at the National BAME Health and Care Awards for this honour.
“The nominations are recognition of the great teamwork, system partnership working for our patients and families. Congratulations to all nominees too!”
Dr Sufyan Abid Dogra has been nominated for the Ground-breaking Researcher award for his work as a principal research fellow at Bradford Institute for Health Research/Born in Bradford (BiB), which is funded through the NHS.
BiB is one of the largest research studies in the world, tracking the lives of over 30,000 Bradfordians to find out what influences the health and wellbeing of families.
Dr Dogra is the lead on various projects within BiB including Age of Wonder, Active Faith Settings, Youth Resilience Programme, and the Using Men to Increase Uptake for Cancer Screening among South Asian Women programme.
Dr Dogra said: “It means a lot to be nominated for the Ground-breaking Researcher award at The National BAME Health & Care Awards.
“In a post-pandemic world, it is inevitable that we systematically understand the causes of ill health that British ethnic minorities and people with disadvantaged backgrounds live with.
“Research with ethnic minorities should be coproduced. At Born in Bradford Study, we take pride in involving ethnic minorities in research from design to implementation.”