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 three major networks that are helping local and national leaders to address the strategic and operational barriers to delivering greater diversity: the BME Leadership Network and the Health and Care Women Leaders Network. Find out more about each of them, below.


Taskforce on Increasing Non-Executive Director Diversity in the NHS

A new taskforce to improve diversity within the NHS' non-executive community.

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BME Leadership Network

Improving understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and how it helps to deliver better care for all.

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Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network

A free network for leaders from across health and care who are LGBTQ+ or allies.

Women Leaders Network

Health and Care Women Leaders Network

A free network for women working across health and care.

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