Today (22 June) BSMHFT celebrates the fifth national Windrush Day. This year is also 75 years since the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948, carrying the first 492 Caribbean migrants who responded to the UK’s invite to help re-build Britain after the Second World War.

On 22 June every year, we honour the enormous contributions made to Britain by those who made the initial journey, others who subsequently followed and the legacy that they have left behind. 

Over the past 75 years, the NHS has depended on the talents and experience of our diverse workforce, a workforce that coincidentally is also celebrating its 75th birthday later next month.

At BSMHFT, we have a total of 440 staff members of Caribbean heritage, many of whom have a connection to Windrush Day or the Windrush generation. If you have a personal connection, please tell us more by tagging us our social media channels, we would love to hear your story!

Today we extend our gratitude to the Windrush generation and share our thanks for the contributions they made to help build our country to where it is today.