Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017


NHS Employers invites you to celebrate the sixth Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week #EQW2017, which will take place from 15 to 19 May 2017.

Co-ordinated by NHS Employers, #EQW2017 is a national platform for organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.

Diverse, inclusive, together

The theme for this year is diverse, inclusive, together. The theme has been chosen to reflect the move across the health and social care sector towards collaboration and integration - as reflected in the Five Year Forward View and the emergence of Vanguards and Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

Working together makes the NHS stronger, we meet standards, enable change and collectively invest in the creation of a diverse and inclusive NHS workforce to deliver a more inclusive service and improved patient care. 

Organisations are encouraged to celebrate the week, and highlight their activities to support a diverse, inclusive, together NHS workforce.

NHS Employers activities

Our activities calendar shows the activities and resources we have planned for #EQW2017.




Monday 15 May  Brexit 

We'll be looking to share the latest information and data from our European office about the plans for Brexit, and our #loveourEUstaff campaign.

We will also relauch updated versions of our popular infographics, age, ethnicity and gender in the NHS. 

Take a look at the current versions of the age in the NHS, ethnicity in the NHS and gender in the NHS infographics.  

Tuesday 16 May Widening Participation  Learn how widening participation strategies can help you to recruit from your local communities ensuring your workforce is representative of the areas you serve.
Wednesday 17 May  Intersectionality Everything you wanted to know about intersectionality in a blog from Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers.

You can join Paul and a panel of experts in our #inclusiveNHS tweetchat on intersectionality, hosted by @NHSE_Diversity 8pm - 9pm Wednesday 17 May.  
Thursday 18 May Networks Read the second blog in a series from Anna Einarsdottir, senior lecturer at the University of York, about the research project she is leading in partnership with NHS Employers (and others) on LGBT networks in the NHS.

If you missed it read Anna's first blog, LGBT employee networks under the microscope
Friday 19 May NHS Employers
Disability Summit 
To conclude #EQW2107, we will host a disability summit at our Horizon Leeds conference venue. Join us for an energetic, interactive, solutions focused day which will create space for conversation and constructive challenge through debate. 
Book your place now.

Communications toolkit

The communications toolkit will help you to deliver your local campaign. It contains key facts and statistics, top tips, templates, tools and resources to help you get your message out through your own communication channels and local media.

EQW17 toolkit

Download the communications toolkit.

Tools and resources


Use the equality week logo on any communications materials related to the week.

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Web banners

Help spread the word through your digital communications.

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Web banner with space for your own logo

Web banner with NHS Employers logo

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Display these posters around your organisation to promote your activities.

EQW17 resources

Poster - Word template

Social media resources

We have created a “together we are…” resource for you to print out, take pictures with your team and colleagues and post on social media channels to help encourage conversation around #EQW2017.

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Social media resources

Watch this space

Over the coming weeks we will bring you more information about #EQW2017 and the activities and resources we have planned for the week.

Interactive activity map and Twibbon

Take a look at our interactive activity map so you can see what is happening in NHS organisations across England, and show your support on social media by signing up to our diverse, inclusive, together  Twibbon campaign

Tell us what you are doing 

Please tell us what you are doing to support and celebrate #EQW2017 by emailing us at diversityandinclusion@nhsemployers.org, we will add your activities and events to the interactive activity map.

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