Alastair Stephens

Junior

West Midlands

As the BOA culture and diversity champion I would aspire to create a positive and collaborative environment that is inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs and disabilities. My experience of being an ethnic minority doctor is not unique, which I recognise from my role as a representative for the British Caribbean Doctors and Dentists Network. However, I would relish a role that would allow me to change the landscape of diversity within orthopaedics. I'm fortunate to work in a large department that is very multicultural; yet I am the only Black orthopaedic surgeon in my Trust. The specialty is becoming increasingly diversified and that should be applauded, but it's still evident that more needs to be done to ensure our differences are welcomed and celebrated. The pandemic has opened my eyes to the difficulties faced by trainees from minority groups, with colleagues isolated from their families abroad, increased health risks for ethnic minority surgeons, single parent families struggling with emergency rota changes, and training opportunities further reduced for LTFT trainees. I want to represent and advocate for my colleagues from all backgrounds in order to truly create a supportive specialty which we can be proud to work within.

Alastair Stephens