From 14-18 May 2018 we celebrated the seventh Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week #EQW2018. Co-ordinated by NHS Employers, #EQW2018 is a national platform for organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.
Diverse, inclusive, together
The theme was diverse, inclusive, together and had been chosen to reflect the move across the health and social care sector towards collaboration and integration - as reflected in the Five Year Forward View and the emergence of Vanguards and sustainability and transformation plans.
Working together makes the NHS stronger, we meet standards, enable change and collectively invest in the creation of a diverse and inclusive NHS workforce to deliver a more inclusive service and improved patient care.
Organisations were encouraged to celebrate the week, use our communications toolkit and #EQW2018 resources to help run their own local campaign and highlight activities to support a diverse, inclusive, together NHS workforce.
NHS Employers activities for EQW2018
Listed below are some of the activities and resources we promoted during equality week.
On day one of #EQW2018 we announced the successful applicants for our 2018/19 Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme. The programme supports participating trusts to progress and develop their equality performance over a period of 12 months.
Dr Anna Einarsdottir, senior lecturer at the University of York has published Chapter 4 in her series of blogs on LGBT+ networks in the NHS, the theme of this blog is the emerging research findings form the project she is leading in partnership with NHS Employers and other organisations. If you missed them you can also read Anna's previous blogs about the project, LGBT employee networks under the microscope Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.
The month of Ramadan began in the evening on Tuesday 15 May and will ended on the evening of Thursday 14 June. Accommodating religious belief and practices during Ramadan is about being responsive to employees’ needs. Several NHS organisations have developed useful guidance to help both staff and managers during Ramadan, find out more information.
Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers presented at The Northern Care Alliance’s EDI Conference – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in 2018: Progress, Developments, Challenges & Transformation.
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We published updated diversity statistics, which included refreshed infographics on age, ethnicity and gender in the NHS.
Tweetchat 8-9pm Beyond labels, disability in the workplace. What’s in a word? 'Disabled' or 'with a disability'? What's in a label? Are they useful to quickly explain or identify things for people – or do they just create boxes to put things in for convenience? NHS Employers debated debate these and other disability related issues with experts Jane Hatton of Evenbreak and Dan Robertson, Director of Vercida Consulting.
Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers was a guest speaker at The Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS conference which celebrated Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Week and 70 years of the NHS.
We hosted our third Disability Summit, this was the finale of our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2018. Delegates listened to the latest thinking on national disability policy initiatives, shared and learnt about best practice in the field of employing people with disabilities and celebrated the achievements of those who have overcome barriers. Find out more about the event.
Interactive activity map
Take a look at our interactive activity map to see what happened in NHS organisations across England for #EQW2018. Please let us know what is happened in your organisation and we will make sure they are added to the national map of activity.
Tools and resources
The communications toolkit was developed to help organisations deliver their own local campaign. It contains key facts and statistics, top tips, templates and resources to help you get your message out through your own communications channels and local media.
EQW2018 Communications Toolkit
Use the equality week logo on any communications materials related to the week.
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Help spread the word through your digital communications.
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Display these posters around your organisation to promote your activities.
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Social media resources
We have created a “together we are…” resource for you to print out, take pictures with your team and colleagues and post on social media channels to help encourage conversation around #EQW2018.
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Social media resources