Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Achieving diverse leadership is critical to a thriving NHS and to helping ensure that the service delivers on the NHS Constitution’s commitment to meeting the needs of all our communities.


This is a longstanding priority for the NHS Confederation and we conduct a range of activities to support our member organisations, as well as the wider health and care system, to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into their work.


We run two major networks that are helping local and national leaders to address the strategic and operational barriers to delivering greater diversity:


BME Leadership Network


This new network was set up by the NHS Confederation in March 2019. It meets quarterly and seeks to:    


  • Improve understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and publish the benefits to help deliver better care for all
  • Improve and sustain the number of BME leaders working in the NHS
  • Profile the diverse range of BME leaders delivering solutions across the health and care system.

The network is co-chaired by Danielle Oum, chair of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Ifti Majid, chief executive of Derbyshire Healthcare.


To find out more and to get involved, email Joan Saddler, our associate director, at joan.saddler@nhsconfed.org


Health and Care Women Leaders Network


Delivered by the NHS Confederation and NHS Employers, the Health and Care Women Leaders Network is a free network for women working across health and care.


It connects through events, masterclasses and tweet chats, and shares learning through podcasts, blogs, videos and key reports.


Join to celebrate skills and talents, connect with colleagues and challenge gender stereotypes in the workplace.


 To find out more and to get involved in the network, please email Julie Johnson at Julie.Johnson@nhsconfed.org


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