Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

As stated in the NHS People Plan, it has never been more urgent to ensure the NHS workplace is a culture where everyone feels they belong, in particular to improve the experience of our people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

To help you with the actions set out in this section of the plan, we have pulled out some of our key resources which aim to help encourage and celebrate diversity in all its forms within the NHS.


In order to help you overhaul your recruitment and promotion practices and make sure that staffing reflects the diversity of the community, and regional and national labour markets, use our Measuring Up tool.


Use the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) in order to assess the experiences of disabled staff within the context of your health and wellbeing conversations.


Use the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in order to assess progress against the model employer goals to ensure that the workforce leadership is representative of the overall BAME workforce.


Use our gender pay gap guide as part of your work to ensure senior leadership represents the diversity of the NHS, spanning all protected characteristics.

Sexual orientation

Follow the work of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network to help you ensure that your organisation understands the needs of both staff and patients from the LGBTQ+ community that you serve.


Use our age infographic as part of your workforce profiling and to help you better understand how to effectively recruit from and engage with all generational groups – either within your community or your workforce.

Religion or Belief

Use our good practice guidance and resources in order to develop better understanding and policy and practice in relation to religion and belief in the workplace.


Connect and collaborate with the organisations in your locality or region who are part of our Diversity and Inclusion Partners or Alumni programme as many of them will be involved in developing good practice around equality and diversity.

You can also read our tips on how to get the most from inclusion networks.

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