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.
Consultation on new race equality strategy launched
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) is developing a long-term race equality strategy for the NHS, and has launched a consultation to gather views.
5 August 2021
Workforce Disability Equality Standard 2021 data collection
NHS England and NHS Improvement have introduced a new online data collection framework for the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES).
16 July 2021
Access our resources to support you and your organisation with diversity and inclusion issues, and also the needs of staff with protected characteristics
Using positive action to create a fairer recruitment process
Placing more focus on values during the recruitment process can create a more inclusive process.
20 September 2021
An inclusive approach to disability leave
This briefing provides an explanation of the different types of leave, the benefits of having a disability leave policy and shares good practice.
13 September 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.
8 July 2021
Black History Month
Black History Month starts on 1 October, and is celebrated across the NHS through honouring the achievements, culture and history of black people.
22 September 2021