Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2023

#EQW2023 took place from 9-12 May 2023, it is a national campaign for health and care organisations. Find out what happened during the week.

9 May 2023

Now in its eleventh year, the week is a platform for health and care organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer and more inclusive NHS for patients and staff. 

During the week, health and care organisations from across the country support the campaign and host activities to promote and celebrate the great work taking place around equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Access a variety of blogs, guidance, videos, case studies and good practice shared throughout the week.

Our themes for #EQW2023 were:

Tuesday 9 May

Inclusive recruitment

  • Read our report featuring case studies from a range of organisations that share good practice around embedding inclusive recruitment. 
  • Find out how to support people with learning disabilities in the workplace through supported internships such as Project Search and Project Choice.
  • In this blog about the Devon Alliance, Tracey Collins shares her thoughts about expanding collaborative international recruitment model to wider health and social care roles across the integrated care system (ICS).
  • Watch this video of Helen Grote, neurologist consultant and chair of the disabled staff network at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, sharing her story and discussing reasonable adjustments in the workplace. 
Wednesday 10 May

Psychological and physical safety of staff

  • On day two of #EQW2023 we delivered a webinar on how to create an inclusive workplace, build trust, and promote the psychological safety of staff in the workplace. Find out more.
  • Access our top tips for supporting the psychological safety of staff and how to create a safe workplace that improves staff experience and wellbeing.
  • Read about the NHS Confederation's LGBTQ+ Inclusion Framework, including the six pillars that organisations should aim to build to create and maintain inclusive cultures.
  • Take a look at the guidance and resources we have available to support NHS managers in responding positively to concerns raised in the workplace. 
  • In this infographic developed by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group, view key statistics and learn about the impact of bullying on workforce wellbeing. 
  • Sign-up to the NHS Confederation’s inclusive leadership pledge to help create a psychologically safe working environment for all staff.
  • Surviving in Scrubs have shared colleague stories on surviving sexism, harassment and sexual assault. Read more
  • Watch this video on psychological safety, featuring leadership expert, Amy Edmondson, discussing how humility, transparency and urgency are the keys to successfully steering an organisation.
  • Support Project S, a campaign that aims to improve the working conditions in the NHS, with a focus on discrimination and workplace safety, particularly for women who work in healthcare.
  • In this resource from Compassion Practices, learn about various approaches your organisation can adopt to promote compassion and humanity among your workforce.
  • Read about our NHS health and wellbeing framework which aims to support staff with feeling well, healthy and happy at work.
Thursday 11 May

Pay gaps

Friday 12 May

Health inequalities

  • • Webinar: Black Men Speak – Tuesday 9 May 1 - 2.15pm 
    Barts Health NHS Trust is hosting this webinar for Black Inclusion Week. With an exclusive panel of all Black men, the event will aim to celebrate, inspire, and empower Black men, as well as discussing issues like health, leadership, and stereotypes. Find out more and book your place. 

    Webinar: Black Women Speak – Thursday 11 May, 1 – 2pm 
    Barts Health NHS Trust is hosting a webinar as part of Black Inclusion Week. With an exclusive panel of all Black women, the event aims to celebrate, inspire, and empower Black women, while also discussing important topics like health, leadership, and personal growth. Find out more and book your place.

    • Webinar: Power of Me: Career Progression with a Disability - Friday 12 May 12.00 - 13.00pm
    East Sussex Healthcare Trust, in collaboration with the Southern Disability Support Network is running an awareness session, exploring the experiences of disabled staff progressing their careers in the NHS. Find out more and book your place.

    • Webinar: "What the Staff Network Means to Me" - Thursday 11 May 12.30-1.30pm
    Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the Southern Disability Support Network are be running a webinar on the importance of staff networks to its members and allies. Find out more and join the guest list.

    • Webinar: Introductory session on neurodiversity - Thursday 11 May 1 – 3 pm
    Join Jasmine Murphy, consultant in Dental Public Health and EDI Champion, on 11 May 2023 for an introductory session on Neurodiversity. Find out more and register your place here.

    •  University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust - access a wide range of events

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is supporting EQW2023 by sharing a list of upcoming events that promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity. Find out more.


  • If you are looking to run your own campaign, download our promotional resources which include: 

Get involved

Please let us know at how you are supporting #EQW2023 this year and we will add your activities to this page. 

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