Health Education England launch directory of widening participation initiatives

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19 / 1 / 2015 11.28am

A new online directory has been launched which provides an overview of the range of widening participation initiatives that are being delivered across healthcare organisations.

Widening participation within the NHS is often applied within the context of ensuring diversity in recruitment to entry-level jobs, supporting progression through the bands 1-4 workforce and, for some, progression into pre-registration training. Within this context, underrepresented groups are most likely to be disengaged young people, those without qualifications, low skilled, part-time and temporary workers, those on low incomes and or working age benefits, older adults, those with literacy, numeracy or learning difficulties and some minority ethnic groups (Tight 1998).

The directory has a particular concern with developments that focus on and have an impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Widening access and recruitment for training and/or employment to the healthcare workforce.
  • Developments designed to aid career progression for under-represented groups.
  • Initiatives, such as local policy and procedures developments, leading to an increase in diversity of the healthcare workforce. 

Access the online directory and view the initiatives.

You can also visit our webpages to find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships, accessing recruitment support via Jobcentre Plus and youth employment.

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