23 / 5 / 2016 12.30pm
Following a rigorous selection process, 22 NHS organisations have been chosen to be part of the 2016/7 diversity and inclusion partners programme.
Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers said "We are delighted at the quantity and quality of responses this year to our call for applications to the partners programme. We have got a wide range of organisations, both in terms of type and geographical spread, and we look forward to helping them embed and extend good diversity practice within their organisations."
Over a period of 12 months NHS Employers will work with the partners to help progress and develop their diversity and inclusion performance, and to build their capacity in this area. Support will include five interactive workshops that will be designed by the partners themselves, to help them get the latest on policy and practice as well as provide opportunities to share good practice and network.
To find out first hand the benefits of being part of the partner programme read Karmini McCann's blog, where she reflects on University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust time on last year's partner programme.
NHS organisations are awarded partner status after they have demonstrated that they are delivering against six measurable criteria: improving patient access and experience; empowered, engaged and well-supported staff; inclusive leadership at all levels; better health outcomes for all; demonstration of commitment to the partners programme; and benefits that the organisation will receive from taking part.
You can find more information on the 2016/17 partners on our diversity and inclusion partners web page.