Diversity and inclusion in practice


Making diversity and inclusion part of the way your organisation operates day-to-day is key to maintaining the focus in the longer term. 

Equality legislation is strengthened through the Equality Act and demographics change, the need to ‘mainstream’ diversity and inclusion becomes even more central to how your organisation operates.

To help you meet this challenge, we've put together a list of things you need to think about. You can also view our top ten tips and learning from other trusts for best practice and guidance.

  1. Where are you now? Review what your existing organisational commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities is. Assess compliance with legislation and look at what the staff, patient and/or service users views are - in relation to your commitment to diversity.
  2. Where do you want to get to? Look at where you want to be and set objectives to help achieve this.

    These aims should reflect your organisations strategic objectives and local needs, while taking into account the national workforce agenda, such as the NHS Constitution and staff pledges.

  3. How to get there? Looking at your objectives, create SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific) goals. Using this format, you can create a plan to help you achieve them. Don't forget to include key stakeholders and members of staff who may be able to implement the changes to achieve your goals.

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