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 2022/23 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 in Health and Care Partners Programme
- work effectively with regional equality networks
- implement the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard and support staff with disabilities
- recruit people with learning difficulties
- improve gender equality and the gender pay gap
- advance equality for LGBTQ+ staff and patients.
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Disability History Month 2023
Find out what is happening during the month and access resources to help you support disabled staff in the workplace.
1 December 2023
Black History Month 2023
October is Black History Month. Find out what events are taking place across the NHS and what your organisation can do to improve race equality.
28 September 2023
NHS England publishes new sexual safety charter
NHS England has released its first ever charter on sexual safety at work, with ten pledges for organisations to follow to safeguard staff.
7 September 2023
NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) 2022 report published
NHS England has published its annual WDES report for NHS trusts and foundation trusts.
5 September 2023
NHS England Chaplaincy Guidance updated
NHS England has published revised guidelines for managers on pastoral, spiritual and religious care.
7 August 2023
I don’t want to be called disabled
Paul Deemer talks about the language used to describe disability and the impact it has on disabled staff recording their disability on ESR.
2 December 2022
Understanding intersectionality and engaging with diverse staff and communities
As part of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, Dr Shamaila Anwar talks about intersectionality and creating psychological safety.
6 May 2022
Access our resources to support you and your organisation with diversity and inclusion issues, and also the needs of staff with protected characteristics
Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) 2022 key findings and actions
Find out what your organisation can do to improve the experiences of disabled staff.
5 September 2023
Learn about the different types of pay gaps and the significance of pay gap data.
11 May 2023
Top tips for supporting the psychological safety of staff
Find out how to create a psychologically safe workplace that improves staff experience and wellbeing.
2 May 2023
Understanding disability infographic
Access our infographic to understand what a disability is and learn how organisations and managers can support disability in the workplace.
15 December 2022
Partnership working during organisational change
Find out how staff networks supported University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust during a period of organisational change.
7 July 2022
Diversity in Health and Care Partners Programme
Supporting health and care organisations to create more inclusive workplace cultures, where difference is welcomed and celebrated.
18 September 2023
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.