Capturing the Impact of COVID 19 on BAME Communities in North West London

North West London (NWL) Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in partnership with NWL professionals who represent Local Authorities, NHS partners and community leaders have come together to undertake insight gathering and research in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities

There is emerging evidence which suggests that BAME Communities and health and care staff are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. For example, we already know that Brent had the highest level in North West London of people who tested positive for COVID-19 and more than three times as many as the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The purpose of the research is to better understand the experiences and circumstances of our local BAME community front line staff as they work through the pandemic, in order that we might better respond to their needs and concerns.

We are asking people to get involved by sharing stories through:

●       ‘diary-style’ video recordings from both frontline staff and community members;

●       voice recordings;

●       personal written micro-stories;

●       song, poetry and other non-conventional expressions of storytelling

●       online blog posts, tweets and other social media posts as relevant.

Research objectives: The research aims to gather insight that reflects the wide ranging experiences of the BAME community members who worked at the front line of services, during COVID-19 pandemic and patients/carers, voluntary and public sector leaders. The Stories will provide an in-depth and personal account of the issues that mattered most to people from BAME background. More specifically, this research will:

·        Assess how COVID-19 impacts BAME communities particularly in wards and estates with a disproportionate number of residents affected by the pandemic.

·        Assess how COVID-19 impacts on BAME staff particularly those working directly with patients and communities affected by COVID-19.

·        Determine what system and community responses need to be developed as a result. 

Research outcome

The outcome of this initiative will be used to address the challenges we face in making equality an Integral part of all we do.  More specifically the aspiration is:

That the feedback from our communities will be influential in the way services are shaped and commissioned
To see our common vision and statutory duty to narrow inequalities and health inequalities amongst the various communities we serve, realised
Ethics and confidentiality/anonymity: Please complete the confidentiality form attached to this interview question form.

Research Questions

Thank you for volunteering to be part of this initiative looking at the experience of BAME community and the frontline staff. We would like you to help us address a number of questions that we have developed to support our discussion with you. This session will last for up to 30-45 minutes.

We would also like to send you a copy of the final interview to show how your story has contributed to new thinking and practice in this area. Please indicate if you would be happy for us to do so.

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* 1. Please tell us a little about yourself (including: ethnicity, age, cultural/religious, gender and background)

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* 2. How are you coping with COVID 19? 

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* 3. What is your current role?

i) Could you tell us about the work you do?
ii) How long have your worked in your current role?
iii) What do you enjoy most about this work?

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* 4. Could your briefly share your experience of working with BAME community you are apart of?

i) How has COVID 19 impacted this community? 
ii) Could you provide specific examples of what you are sensing/experiencing in terms of how people affected by COVID 19 are being treated?
iii) In terms of community networks, connections and assets-how would you describe BAME communities and their response to being directed impacted by COVID 19?

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* 5. Lessons we can learn

i) Could you identify challenges you may have experienced in addressing inequality and disproportionate impact COVID has had on BAME communities?
ii) There are number of theme areas we are interested in - mental health, domestic violence, housing (density), accessibility of support services.

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* 6. Are there any final reflections you want to share with us?

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