Strategic thinking forum - bringing together diversity and inclusion experts

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27 / 10 / 2015 Midnight

The strategic thinking forum brings together expert thinkers in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion. Together they debate issues that address the current and future challenges to achieving the vision of a personal, fair and diverse NHS for patients and staff.

The forum offers fresh thinking, innovative and creative solutions. It also offers ideas to help policy makers create better services and workplaces for all communities and staff, reduce health inequalities and improve relations between the various protected characteristic groups. 


In its role as a critical friend to the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC), the strategic thinking forum originally identified three priority areas: 

  1. diagnostics
  2. ownership
  3. quality. 

Read or download a short summary of the three priority areas and view the terms of reference.

The strategic thinking forum will be looking to reflect the future priorities of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council – informed by the Five Year Forward View.

The following organisations are represented on the forum: 

  • ACAS
  • Age UK
  • Brunel University 
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • De Montfort University
  • Disability Rights UK
  • Employers Forum for Disability
  • Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission
  • Department of Health
  • General Medical Council
  • Government Equalities Office
  • Institute for Public Policy Research
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Marie Curie
  • NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group 
  • NHS Employers
  • NHS England
  • NHS Leadership Academy
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Stonewall
  • The Kings Fund
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Sheffield.


The forum meets quarterly and is co-chaired by Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive at NHS Employers and Gideon Ben- Tovin OBE. Gideon is chair of the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network and is Hon Senior Fellow at Department of Sociology, Liverpool University where he chairs the Institute of Liverpool Health Inequalities Research.

A summary from previous meetings are available on the right hand side of this page under related links.

For more information about the work of the Strategic Thinking Forum please email

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