Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017


NHS Employers invites you to celebrate the success of the sixth Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week #EQW2017, which took 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 resources launched throughout the week.




Monday 15 May  Brexit 

Read the latest information from NHS Confederation European Office about the plans for Brexit and the NHS workforce. You can find out about the Cavendish Coalition, join the conversation at #loveourEUstaff and sign up to the Brexit bulletin. 

Watch and share our Brexit animation - find out what key issues will be negotiated over the next two years now Article 50 has been triggered.

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

Finally on day one of #EQW2017 take a look at our diversity and inclusion partners web page to see who the succesful applicants for our 2017/18 diversity and inclusion partners programme are.

Tuesday 16 May Widening Participation  Find out more about widening participation and the benefits of recruiting from your local communities to help tackle workforce supply challenges, and to ensure your workforce is representative of the areas you serve.

In a heartfelt blog Herpreet Bains talks about her personal journey and the challenges she faced to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic. 
Wednesday 17 May  Intersectionality Everything you wanted to know about intersectionality in a blog from Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers.

If you missed the #EQW2017 intersectionality tweetchat with Paul Deemer and our panel of experts take a look at the round up to find out what was discussed. 
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 hosted a disability summit at our Horizon Leeds conference venue. Take a look at images from the day.

Interactive activity map and Twibbon

Take a look at our interactive activity map to see what happened in NHS organisations across England, and catch up with our #EQW2017 Twitter moment for highlights of the chatter and images from social media. 

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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Help spread the word through your digital communications.

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Display these posters around your organisation to promote your activities.

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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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