Partners Meeting Summary - 6 April 2016


12 / 4 / 2016 11.44am

The final partners meeting for cohort 2015-16 was held on Wednesday 6 April, and the theme was Celebrating partners' status and looking forward. 

The first speaker was Liz Sayace, chief executive of Disability Rights UK. Liz highlighted that 7 per cent of the NHS budget involved patients with long term health conditions. She encouraged the NHS to use and view the experience of staff and patients with a disability or health conditions as a particular asset in the NHS. She argued this would lead to changes in attitudes towards those with a disability and ultimately, better patient care. 

The second speaker was Paul Martin, chief executIve of the LGBT Foundation, who argued that 25 per cent of LGBT staff within the NHS suffered bullying and harassment in the workplace. He recommended addressing culture and hearts and minds, to change attitudes and encourage better diversity monitoring. 

The final speaker was Jabeer Butt, deputy CEO of the Race Equality Foundation. Jabeer focused on the importance of the moral, ethical and business case for addressing race equality. He argued that delivering race equality and addressing health inequalities will ultimately improve finance performance, access experience and help to deliver better outcomes for all.   

At the meeting each partner trust was presented with a souvenir to mark their time as a partner. After the ceremony a comprehensive review of the partner experience was undertaken by Donna Carr, Cation Consulting. This session provided the partners with an opportunity to reflect back on their experience and identify progress and areas that they still need to focus on in the future. 

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers formerly closed the meeting, thanking  all the partners for their contribution.

The photographs from the day can be found on flickr.   

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