Gender equality in the NHS

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Around one million women work for the NHS in England, making it one of the largest employers of women in the world. However, despite making up the majority of the NHS workforce, women are more likely than men to face structural constraints within the workplace, are paid less, are less likely to get promoted and less likely to be represented in senior roles within the NHS.

To help NHS organisations address this gender inequality, we have brought together key information to help you keep up to date with recent policy changes and good practice.

The information provides an overview of the current work being undertaken across the health and social care system, and offers links to various resources to help support you improve staff experience and workplace culture.

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Equal pay and gender pay gap reporting guidance

Take a look at guidance and find additional resources on equal pay and gender pay gap reporting.


Flexible working

Access resources and guidance on flexible working which can improve the employment experience and work life balance.

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Health, wellbeing and gender

Read guidance and take a look at some of the available resources for gender specific health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Pregnancy and maternity

Learn how you can support women in the workplace by accessing resources to help and support employees around pregnancy and maternity.

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Sexual harassment

Find out more about how you can create a positive work environment and tackle sexual harassment at all levels.

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Women in leadership

Empower women in your organisation to secure senior and board level positions by accessing guidance and resources.

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