Diversity and Inclusion Partners

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Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme 2018/19
40 NHS organisations have been chosen to be part of our 2018/19 diversity and inclusion partners programme. The programme supports participating trusts to progress and develop their equality performance over a period of 12 months, and is closely aligned to the Equality Delivery System (EDS2).

The focus of the programme is based on four developmental modules that provide partners with detailed strategic policy support, the opportunity to undertake personal development and a forum to share good practice and network with fellow colleagues in the NHS, and other diversity and inclusion subject matter experts. 

The 2018/19 diversity and inclusion partners 




  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Care UK
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bolton CCG and Greater Manchester Shared Services
  • Health Education England, West Midlands
  • James Paget University Hospitals NHS FT
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Lincolnshire Community Health Services
  • NHS England
  • NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Andrew’s Healthcare
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The MERIT consortium

The MERIT consortium is made up of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. These organisations are awarded joint partners status for 2018/19 and will attend partner meetings to promote partnership working and share good practice with the other partners.

What does being a diversity and inclusion partner mean?

The diversity and inclusion partners programme supports participating trusts to progress and develop their equality performance and to build capacity in this area. At the same time the programme provides an opportunity for partners to offer advice, guidance and demonstrations of good practice in equality and diversity management to the wider NHS. Partners are supported to achieve this in a number of ways.

  • Continuous improvement around equality and diversity within their own organisation.
  • Raising awareness of what constitutes sustainable, outcome-focused improvement in managing equality and diversity across their region.
  • Acting as a thermometer by which NHS Employers can determine the key issues facing the wider NHS, so that advice and guidance is relevant and up to date.
  • Contributing to the development of emerging good practice and providing a channel for collecting case studies from which others can learn, within the wider context of NHS initiatives.
  • Contributing to a broader understanding of equality and diversity, across both the NHS and the wider public sector, in the context of quality, innovation, productivity and disease prevention.

The 2018/19 partners programme will be delivered in four modules:

  • standards
  • capacity
  • delivery
  • evaluation
What are the benefits of being a partner?

We work closely with our partners and support them to embed equality and diversity in their organisation. There are a number of other key benefits for NHS organisations in becoming a partner.

  • Increased profile of your organisation at network events, conferences and through the NHS Employers website and communications.
  • Advice, guidance and assistance from NHS Employers in meeting the minimum requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Free access to training, development, coaching and mentoring for the partner lead person on the use of the tools and techniques within the programme.
  • Opportunities to discuss, network and test out new concepts within the safe environment of partner meetings.
  • Opportunity to influence national policy direction.
  • In some cases, indirect benefits of NHS Employers’ membership of national forums, such as the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
If you have any questions about the partners programme please email the team at diversityandinclusion@nhsemployers.org.

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