Network guidance


08 / 10 / 2015 2.27pm

This newly developed guidance is designed to help you set up a staff support network group in your organisation.

The guide has been developed by Beverley Powell, equality and diversity adviser at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust and Karl Portz, equality and diversity adviser at Yorkshire Ambulance NHS. 

The how to set up a staff support network guide provides ideas based on established good practice, and can be adapted to suit your organisation's needs for non-commercial purposes. 

Sections include:
  • aims
  • membership
  • accountability / reporting
  • logistics
  • communications

The network guidance can be adapted for any type of staff support network, and it has been developed as an example for black and minority ethnic (BME) staff networks.


Black and minority ethnic (BME) means everyone who self-identifies their ethnicity as other than white British.

Aims and objectives 

The aim of the network is to provide a forum to:

  • support black and minority ethnic staff
  • enable BME staff to feel that they are part of and have a vital role to play in the trust
  • discuss issues affecting BME staff with key decision makers
  • assist in formulating new and reviewing existing policies and procedures
  • assist the trust in meeting its statutory obligations regarding its duty under the Equality Act 2010
  • assist in the identification of training needs, advise on the provision of courses to meet those needs, and on the content of courses with equality and diversity implications as they relate to BME staff
  • provide an arena for staff to raise their concerns, in a safe and confidential environment
  • provide an opportunity for staff to update each other on local and national policy and developments.
You can see the full network guidance example in full in the empowering BME staff to achieve their potential through creating positive change document. 

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