The College has hosted a series of four roundtable discussions to talk about race equality and equality for the College to support its staff, members and trainees as well as mental health services, patients, carers and the wider system of mental health care.
The roundtables were structured so that an introduction to the aims of the equality taskforce was given, and broad questions were offered to enable discussion and for people to propose their ideas, solutions and concerns.
Panellists were chosen from diverse groups representing College staff and its members, as well as representatives from national charities and individuals with expertise on working to reduce inequalities. Patient and carer representatives were also invited as panellists.
All panellists were offered a summary of previous recommendations generated from reports on a range of sources relating to racism and discrimination.
The virtual roundtable meetings were open sessions and any staff, members, patients or carers who wanted to view the discussions were able to watch. The College also offered access to others to register and attend the roundtables and facilitated their contributions through enabling a discussion function.
All roundtable meetings were held virtually using Zoom and discussions were fully transcribed for analysis at a later date.
The details of each of the roundtables are shown in the table below:
|Date||Roundtable topic||Chair||Number of panellists||Number of attendees|
|18/09/2020||Race Equality in the College||Dr Rajesh Mohan||17||88|
|24/09/2020||Race Equality in Mental Health Services||Dr Lade Smith||16||133|
|01/10/2020||Equality and Equity in the College||Dr Maire Cooney||18||77|
|07/10/2020||Equality and Equity in Mental Health Services||Dr Beena Rajkumar & Dr Ruth Reed||19||90|