Using the latest evidence and research, we champion action on the ground to improve staff experience and organisational culture. We seek to support NHS trusts to design services which serve and reflect their diverse patients, people and communities.
All of our work is shaped by three principles - leadership, accountability and equity. These principles are echoed in the NHS People Plan, and specifically the ambitions to look after our people and create a sense of belonging in our workplaces. We therefore work closely with colleagues across the NHS Confederation and health and social care system to achieve this.
Some of our priorities for 2021/22 include supporting organisations to:
- ensure equality considerations are an integral part of COVID-19 guidance
- develop their capacity to manage diversity and inclusion through our national diversity and inclusion partners and alumni programme
- work effectively with regional equality networks
- implement the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard
- recruit people with learning difficulties
- improve gender equality and the gender pay gap
- advance equality for LGBTQ+ staff and patients.
Workforce Disability Equality Standard 2020 annual report published
The report published by NHS England and NHS Improvement, provides a summary of the national data and presents key findings and recommendations.
18 October 2021
2021 enei award winners announced
The winners of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) Awards 2021 were announced on 7 October 2021.
11 October 2021
Access our resources to support you and your organisation with diversity and inclusion issues, and also the needs of staff with protected characteristics
Supporting disabled staff in the workplace
Find out about the different types of disability and what the NHS is doing to support it's disabled workforce.
21 October 2021
Supporting staff with caring responsibilities
Find out how to support staff with caring responsibilities, access tips, good practice examples and links to resources.
21 October 2021
Diversity and Inclusion Partners and Alumni Programme
The programme supports health and care organisations to integrate and embed diversity and inclusion within their organisations.
10 May 2021
Health and Care Women Leaders Network
A strong, united and influential voice for women working across health and care. The network hosts events, masterclasses and tweet chats, and shares learning through podcasts, blogs, videos and key reports.
BME Leadership Network
Strengthens the voice of black and minority ethnic (BME) leaders in England and supports health and care organisations to meet the needs of all communities.
Embedding the Workforce Disability Equality Standard
Learn about the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) and access guidance and resources to help you support staff with disabilities.
18 October 2021
Black History Month
It's Black History Month, find out what's happening and the importance of supporting this campaign, which is celebrated widely across the NHS.
22 September 2021