Culturally competent care benefits patients, organisations and communities, while discrimination and inequality negatively impact outcomes and are causes of poor health. This session provides an opportunity for discussion and reflection on culturally competent healthcare practice in the performing arts. How can we improve support for our diverse creative community, and what can we learn from our experiences as health professionals, and our patients’ experiences of our services?
BAPAM is a specialist healthcare charity and CQC registered medical organisation supporting individuals & organisations in the performing arts. We are the largest provider of clinical services across the sector, also delivering expert training, essential resources and clinical leadership. Through practice, training and research we aim to further clinical standards for healthcare in the arts.
This event is part of our ongoing series of monthly CPD webinars. Sessions are held on the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm.
Dr Charlie Easmon, Occupational Physician: Race and health
Dr Charlie Easmon’s expertise is in occupational health and travel medicine, with special interests in performing arts medicine and mental health. He trained at St George’s, London. He did his elective in Ghana (his country of birth) and has since worked with, among others, MERLIN, Raleigh International and Save the Children in Rwanda, and ECHO in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. With the Foreign Office he has visited Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Charlie’s interest in mental health in the workplace came late through his occupational health work in which he saw the consequences of poor work environments, late referral, lack of mental health support resources or poor management. Charlie is a trustee of BAPAM and one of the clinicians (with Dr Sidrah Muntaha and Beverley Hills, who also presents at this session) leading our bursary scheme for Black, Asian and minority ethnic music professionals training as counsellors and psychotherapists.
Beverley Hills, Psychotherapist: The therapeutic relationship and cultural competence
Beverley Hills has worked as a therapist with many clients across the arts. A creative with 35 years’ experience working freelance, Beverley has also worked as a careers advisor for Equity and BECTU.
“My background is in the creative arena of film, stage and TV, this means I have a wealth of experience to do with anxiety, panic attacks, rejection, fear as well as bereavement, family, relationships, sexual issues, addiction and more. I also counsel couples and troubled teens. My diverse career means I’ve a wider than average skillset for you to call upon. Trained in many different theories, I believe one type doesn’t fit all because isn’t every person different? As a counsellor of colour I find Black, Asian and minority ethnic clients relate closely to me. I also work with transitioning and LGBTQ+ clients.”
Sudhir Daya, Chartered Physiotherapist: Musculoskeletal healthcare and cultural competence
Sudhir Daya has treated thousands of athletes, performing artists and office warriors, enabling them to get back to doing the activities that give meaning to their lives. Sudhir believes in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to health, and his training and practice reflect this belief. After graduating with distinction as a chartered physiotherapist (MCSP), Sudhir turned to acupuncture and ergonomics. Sudhir is a believer in the re-education of healthy movement patterns.
Sudhir also teaches yoga and Pilates and in his spare time, trains in circus arts (flying trapeze, silks, rope, static trapeze), gymnastics (trampolining, tumbling, handstands) and dance (South Asian dance, ballet, contemporary).
Sudhir is the Convenor of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s LGBTQIA+ network.