28 / 9 / 2015 9.30am
The diversity and inclusion team held its flagship conference on 23 September, to a captive audience at the Congress Centre, London.
The event was attended by more than 200 delegates, who listened and contributed to discussions around diversity, inclusion and equality.
Broadcaster and writer, Simon Fanshawe OBE, opened the proceedings and set the theme for the day, stating: "If we all make a change towards improving diversity and inclusion, we can make a huge difference for staff and for patients."
The conference was interactive and attendees participated on social media using #diverseNHS, and in break out sessions and panel discussions. The speakers contributed a wealth of knowledge from their respective backgrounds and professions, and included EY partner Liz Bingham OBE, singer songwriter Nadine Shah, nurse and poet Molly Case and HR Manager Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye.
In addition to the speakers, a number of workshops challenged current attitudes towards diverse thinking, learning and data. They included drama groups, scenario-based learning and sharing good practice.
The diversity and inclusion team also launched a strategic report on the day: the power of research in driving change.
Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers, said:
“We deliberately titled and focused this conference on patients and diversity in the hope that we could get people thinking about how the patient experience and staff experience are inextricably linked. The conversations that I heard – both in the main plenary sessions and in the workshops – told me that this was very much what happened.
I hope that people have gone back to their workplaces with some new ideas, new tools and strategies for addressing these issues. But, most importantly, I hope that they will go back and challenge both their own and their colleagues’ thinking about what diversity is, what it means, and how it can change both the way we work and outcomes for patients.”
View photos from the day in our diversity and inclusion flickr album.
Quotes from the day:
“Discrimination is an everyday event, but it’s no longer an all-day event.”
"Respect every individual for what they can contribute to the job. See the ability, the potential and the capabilities, not the perceived barriers."