Resources for educators

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Students on a ‘Bridging the Gap to Leadership’ placement (in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University and funded by HEE) have been creating resources for educators that we hope you will find useful to reflect on and share in your teams.

With thanks to the students who have led the project so far: Emmanuel Alli, Ibrahim Fofanah, Issy Taylor- Gallardo, Hansaka Seneviratne, David Amarteifio, Tasmin Jesse,  Harriet Atkinson, Dimple Hirani, Japeth Rubiato, Phumuzile Sithole, Aliza Ale, Ralph Sevilla, Emmanuel Ozowara, Kai Yan Chun Spirini, Alka Biju, Emy Grolier, Kirsty Henderson, Sandra Lee, Jack Chan, Saam Sarafini, Marie Rule, Bartolomeu Cunha, Angelo Serra, Blanky Wong, Anas Mansour, Bilal Mahomedally, Tony Decaux, Nazia Chowdhury, Manpreet Sidhu, Becky Omoregie, Fleur Hinds, Funmiola Odusi.

Please watch this short animation about the project:


Read more about the project and team at: Read here

This link provides short summary of the project too: Bridging the Gap to Leadership

Listen to the Council of Dean  Podcast for Race Equity month where we talk about the placement: listen here

reflective poster created by students


Please read this useful summary guide, written by Meredith Guest  Podiatry student), of the latest key documents that you need to be aware of in relation to inclusive practice education: Final Bridging the Gap Summary doc



It is really important that you are aware of the biases that you have, both conscious and unconscious. This tool is a really useful way to help you reflect:   test your unconscious bias tool



This is a recording of a webinar hosted by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists where the BGL placement was also presented: watch here


On 7th April 2021 the students carried out a webinar , attended by over 80 people, that highlighted ways in which educators can take action to support students from ethnic minority backgrounds on placement: please watch here


Alka Biju presented to the AHP Council on her recommendations for organisations to offer mentoring for students whilst on placement, offering students additional support to that provided by the practice educator / assessor: watch here


Another webinar facilitated by Rachel Moses is really important to listen to – it shares lived experiences of students from ethnically diverse, LGBTQIA+ and disability backgrounds we recommend watching the whole webinar when you can but have identified key areas below. AHP students lived experiences of equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Observed discrimination/ Culture in the placement setting   15:20 – 18:30
  • Disability/ Reasonable adjustments   18:35 – 20:40 ;  29:10 – 33:50  and  33:50 – 39:15
  • Sexuality/ Sexual orientation   20:40 – 24:50
  • Accents/ Language   24:50 – 29:10   and   53:30 – 57:35
  • Race/ Raising concerns – 39:15 – 49:30
  • Intersectionality, Belonging and choice of university   49:30 – 53:30
  • Implicit bias in educators  57:35 – 58.35
  • Student trauma and impact of discrimination  58:35 – 1:07:00
  • Student discussion/ suggestions for improvement:  1:07:00 – 1:54:15



This great animated video has been created by Kai Yan Chun Spirini on his leadership placement to highlight important messages for educators about being an effective ally: watch here

Another video created by the students can also be used in educator training, highlighting case scenario’s and providing case studies for discussion : watch here

A video created by Jack Chan (UoB), Saam Serafini (UoB), Marie Rule (CCCU) and Bartolomeu Cunha (CCCU) helps raise awareness of the challenges experienced by students that have English as a second language watch here

This Prezzi video was created by Physiotherapy student Angelo Serra (UoB) and provides information about religious festivals and how to support students who may want to celebrate these whilst on placement: watch here



Podcast Series: Episode one: David, Han and Issy talk about their experiences and the HEE project.


Episode two: This podcast is an empathy walk with Sabrina Shah, Band 5 rotational physiotherapist at St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, sharing her experiences as a student and graduate.


Episode Three: This podcast hears from Senior Lecturer, Dr Heba Youssef, who discusses the university ‘s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mentoring Scheme.


A 9 min podcast by Canterbury Christ Church Students on their experiences of microaggressions can be heard here: listen here


This short podcast provides tips for educators about creating a welcoming placement to enhance a student’s sense of belonging: Listen here




This Padlet has been created for students by students (providing information to support them with information about placements in health and social care) but is also a useful resource for educators: Link here


This padlet has been created by the Sussex ICS EDI team as a useful collation of resources: link here



Find out more about Ibrahim, Emmanuel, Phumuzile, Japeth, Aliza and Emmanuel’s placements here


The posters below were created by Dimple Hirani and Japeth Rubiato on their Leadership placement.

allyship poster      microaggressions poster


race poster      student name poster


You can download and print these out for your department:

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership- allyship

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership- Microagressions

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership- race

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership- student name

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership-Do we need a mentor

#Bridgingthegaptoleadership-Why be a mentor


This leaflet has been produced by Blanky Wong, designed to help home and international students create a sense of community. Some of the ideas are also useful for  placement


Leaflet supporting international students



NHS Muslim Network – Awareness Poster

NHS Muslim Network – Information



Links about racism and anti-racism:

The Council of Deans have produced an ‘Anti-Racism in AHP Education’ report with case studies, including the Bridging the Gap to Leadership’ placement as case study on page 29. Read here


This document by the British Medical Association is relevant for all healthcare professionals and provides excellent guidance on how to manage discrimination from patients, guardians and relatives: read here


This 18 min documentary about Racism in the NHS is important to watch: (105) Racism in the NHS – Documentary – YouTube


The University of Essex School of Health and Social Care have created this important webpage with resources to help create an anti-racist working environment: Dare to care


Links about allyship and white privilege:

These short video’s by Dr Stephanie Nixon are also helpful in Understanding privilege and allyship: watch here

Tips for Effective Allyship: watch here

Imperial College London have also created this guide to being a white ally: How to be a white ally


Links about microaggressions:

This useful webpage by College Educated provides useful information about avoiding microaggressions: link here


This website provides some useful reflections on how to respond if you are called out for microagressions: link here


This short YouTube video highlights the discrimination that people face, the assumptions people make, microaggressions, the need for a more inclusive working environment and reminds us all of our responsibility to change this : Inclusion Starts with I


This useful article explores what you should consider if you are called out for microaggressions: read here


Links for Intersectionality

Kimberle Crenshaw, who created the term intersectionality, defines what the term means: Defining intersectionality

Professor Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University, has created this useful animation that explains intersectionality: What is Intersectionality


Inclusivity and language 

The NMC have created video on being inclusive and putting their Code of Practice into Action: watch here


The University of Brighton has this guide to inclusive language: Inclusive Language Guidance


The Law Society provide this useful guide to race and ethnicity terminology and language read here


This document by Anpu Sivakumaran highlights the importance of respecting ethnic names. How to respect my ethnic name


This 3 minute you tube video, created by John Lewis Partnership, reminds everyone what is and is not acceptable when meeting someone from a ethnically diverse background :  It’s not Okay



It is really important for us as educators to inform ourselves- it is not the responsibility of Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Minority Ethnic students to educate us, we must educate ourselves too. Some useful books and articles are:

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’.

Layla Saad’s book ‘Me and white supremacy: combat racism, change the world and become a good ancestor’.

Robyn DiAngelo’s book ‘White Fragility’

Nixon’s 2019 paper is also a really useful in helping to understand  our role as effective allies : Nixon S. A. (2019). The coin model of privilege and critical allyship: implications for health. BMC public health19(1), 1637. read here

Systemic Racism in Canadian Occupational Therapy: A Qualitative Study with Therapists