Partners meeting summary - 3 February 2016


09 / 2 / 2016 9.36am

The fourth meeting of the 2015-16 partners programme was held on 3 February.

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers, welcomed the partners to their fourth meeting. The meeting centred around diversity, and linked to authentic leadership, behaviour change and securing tangible outcomes through effective data and knowledge. 

The first speaker, Ian Dodds, shared some of the key lessons from his career working as a diversity advisor across a range of business sectors. He emphasized the key role of linking diversity with Inclusive leadership, transformational change and inclusive behaviour. The second session involved members of NHS England’s equality and health inequalities team, who highlighted the growing evidence of disabled staff working in the NHS, and what a disability standard may look like.

Next, three speakers shared their experience of developing capacity and capability within their organisation, and in doing so, being recognised as leaders in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion.  Patrick Price from Northumbria Healthcare Trust shared the trust's experience of how it achieved top 50 Stonewall Employer status in 2015. Lindsey Ambrose from St Andrew’s Healthcare shared how her trust became the number one health equality stonewall employer and Laura Swiszczowski and Claire Harvey, part of the diversity and inclusion team at KPMG, provided an interesting private sector perspective to becoming inclusive leaders.  

The final session of the day addressed the role of marketing to help support the recruitment of staff from diverse communities and reduce recruitment costs. Amy Eddy, Shadow Giants managing director, spoke about the project involving Walsall Healthcare Trust that involved the successful recruitment of returning nurses. Darren Cooper from MyGO Work shared his recent experience of developing an online recruitment website, targeting senior managers from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) backgrounds. Finally, Kelly Chal from Health Education England and Marie Watson from West Midlands Ambulance service, shared their approach of integrating targeted marketing with a series of positive action learning and development measures, to help recruit more paramedics from a diverse background.

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