What will the taskforce do?

Diversity definition

The Independent Taskforce on Increasing Non-Executive Director Diversity in the NHS will oversee the development of an equalities and diversity framework for the recruitment and retention of chairs and non-executives in the NHS in England. 

The taskforce has been established following a 2019 NHS Confederation report, which pointed to a decline in the number of chairs and non-executives recruited across gender, race, disability and age since the early 2000s. Senior leaders from across the NHS will sit on the taskforce â€“ find out more about taskforce members and co-chairs.

The report attributes the decline in part to the loss of the Appointments Commission, the independent arm's-length body which oversaw the appointment of chairs and non-executive directors. And to the creation of foundation trusts, which handed autonomy to the these trusts to make chair and non-executive appointments without the oversight of an independent agency.

The taskforce was one of five recommendations put forward to realise a step change in diversity within the non-executive community.

Find out more in Chairs and non-executive directors in the NHS: the need for diverse leadership

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