07 / 5 / 2015 8.44am
Following a rigorous selection process 25 organisations including two independent charities - Together UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association have been selected to be part of the 2015/16 partners programme.
An increase in demand together with the level of commitment being demonstrated from organisations resulted in an increase of successful applicants accepted onto the 12-month programme, from 21 last year to 25.
Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights said "We are delighted at this year's response to our call for applications to the partners programme - both in terms of quantity and quality. It was this as much as anything that also convinced us that we needed to increase the number of organisations that we will be working with. This also means that we have got a wide range of organisations - both in terms of type and geographical spread. We also have some of the largest trusts in the country, who will be working alongside small charities like the Motor Neurone Disease Association."
Over the next 12 months NHS Employers will:
- work with the partners to help progress and develop their equality performance
- provide an opportunity for partners to offer advice, guidance and demonstrate good practice in equality and diversity management
- offer five interactive workshops designed by the partners to help them get the latest on policy and practice.
You can see the full list of organisation that have made the 2015/16 cohort and find out more about partner status and what this means on the Equality and Diversity Partners 2015 webpages.