What happened during Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2019

EQW 2019

NHS Employers hosted the eighth Equality Diversity and Human Rights Week, which ran from 13-17 May 2019. This was a national platform for organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.


Detailed below is the full list of themes, activities and resources that we promoted throughout the week. This was to encourage organisations to share their own activities and events and photographs. These can still be found using the #EQW2019 hashtag.


Monday 13 May - Workforce diversity

  • Launch of the updated infographics for age and gender which show the demographics of people working within the NHS.
  • A case study by Dorset Healthcare University Hospital NHS Trust which explores how the trust improved its culture and data sharing among staff with protected characteristics.
  • A blog by our head of diversity, Paul Deemer, on embracing inclusion and ensuring we all have a voice.

Tuesday 14 May 2019 - Diversity and inclusion partners programme

  • Announcement of the successful applicants for our 2019/20 Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme, which supports trusts to progress and develop their equality performance over a period of 12 months.
  • A new blog Empowering us to make equality improvements by Ruth Dolby, organisational development practitioner and lead for inclusion, equality and diversity at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Ruth shares her experiences and impact the programme has had on policy and practice within her organisation.

Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Thursday 16 May 2019 - Mental health


Friday 17 May 2019 - Disability


  • A webinar took place on Recruiting and retaining staff with disabilities - manager responsibilities. The webinar was the first part of a series of Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) share and learn webinars.
  • A summary with the presentations slides from the recent Disability Summit 2019.
  • Links to resources such as FAQs, technical guidance, briefing presentation and quick guide which can support you with the implementation of the WDES.
  • New guidance: Welcomed and valued: supporting disabled learners in medical education and training, from the General Medical Council (GMC), which has taken positive step to embrace disability in the medical profession.
  • The promotion of good practice and guidance on how to break down the barriers and create a culture that welcomes the employment of people with learning disabilities, giving the opportunity to pledge.
  • A twitter poll asking: 'If you have a disability or if you developed a disability in the future, how confident would you be to disclose your disability to your manager?'

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