Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2016

EQW 2016

18 / 4 / 2016 9am

NHS Employers invites you to celebrate the success of the fifth Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week #EQW2016, which took place from 16 - 20 May 2016.

Coordinated by NHS Employers, #EQW2016 is a national platform for organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff. 

Making change happen

The theme for this year is Making change happen. The focus for the week, and beyond, is on how health and social care organisations have used the levers of the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) to support change within their workplaces. Organisations are encouraged to celebrate how they have used their staff networks and social networks, including the Personal, Fair and Diverse model, to empower and engage with staff.

NHS Employers activities

Our activities calendar shows the resources launched throughout the week. These included blogs from equality, diversity and human rights experts, a podcast from Liverpool and other new products. We also hosted the Inclusive Leadership awards on Wednesday 18 May. 

Date  Themes Activities
Monday 16 May  Research to drive change  Relaunch and update of three popular infographics, age in the NHS, ethnicity in the NHS and gender in the NHS 
Tuesday 17 May Diversity monitoring  Launch of an inspirational podcast from Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust  

17 May 2016 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT) a world wide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. To show support we launch a case study from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust where they share the story of their initiative to improve outcomes of mental health problems among the LGBT community
Wednesday 18 May  Inclusive leadership  NHSE Employers hosts the Inclusive leadership awards 
Thursday 19 May  Learning disabilities  Launch of our learning disabilities interactive map and a blog to celebrate mental health week from Lisa Rodrigues CBE
Friday 20 May  Bullying and harassment  Launch of a blog from Brendan Martin on bullying and harassment and you can join a live twitter chat hosted by Paul Deemer @NHSE_Paul from 12pm - 1pm using #bullyingEQW
If you missed the twitter chat you can take a look at the storify on our #bullying EQW web page. 

View our interactive activity map to see what happened in NHS organisations across England.

Show your support on social media by signing up to our Making change happen Twibbon campaign and catch up with our #EQW2016 storify for all the chat.


If you missed the #bullyingEQW twitter chat take a look at the storify capturing highlights from the conversation. 

Looking ahead

As part of the wide-ranging programme of activity at this year’s annual conference, there are two sessions that we’d like to highlight to participants and supporters of Equality Week 2016:

Focusing on workforce race equality to deliver better care outcomes and performance 
This session explores progress on the implementation of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, drawing on the recommendations of the baseline data returns from NHS trusts and supported by practical examples of effective change.

I love the sound of breaking glass: How to create more inclusive boards and leaders
This session is led by advocates and champions of this approach and uses some of the latest research in the field to explore how strategies, practices and policies can create more inclusive boards and leaders within organisations - and ultimately a more inclusive culture.

Communications toolkit

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

 EQW 2016

Download the communications toolkit.

Tools and resources


Use the Equality Week logo on any communications materials related to the week.

EQW 2016 logo with themes
Logo with themes
EQW 2016 logo without themes
Logo without themes

Web banners

Help spread the word through your digital communications.

 EQW banner 788x90 with NHSE logo

Web banner with NHS Employers logo

 EQW banner 788x90 with space for own logo

Web banner with space for your own logo


Display these posters around your organisation to promote your activities.

 EQW 2016 editable poster
Poster - Word template

'I'm making change happen' social media resources

Print off our 'I'm making change happen' hands, take pictures with your team and colleagues and post on social media channels to help encourage conversation around #EQW2016.

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