Equality, diversity and inclusion

Supporting members to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into service planning and delivery to meet the needs of all communities.
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Our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) programme supports members to improve EDI accountability and leadership, tackling inequality through our EDI networks and partnerships.   

We aim to increase the diversity of NHS leaders and to empower communities by working with a wide range of staff to develop and lead radical approaches addressing health inequity.  

Our EDI programme has three key aims with measurable outcomes: 

Accountability 

An improved equality delivery system (EDS) to hold organisations to account; personally accountable service/system leaders using EDS data effectively to measurably tackle inequality. 

Leadership 

Help members to implement innovative and effective solutions for building diverse leadership; including increased non-executive director diversity. 

Equity 

Development of radical co-produced EDI approaches, recognising that inequity in health outcomes and workforce inequality are interwoven; help members to use data to drive practical deliverables which reduce health inequality. 

The NHS Confederation also hosts the independent NHS Race and Health Observatory, which offers valuable support to members to identify and tackle ethnic inequalities in health and care. 

  • We develop practical resources, including tools, case studies and guidance to support leaders across the system. 

    Our programme is underpinned by three diverse leadership networks, which have for many years supported our members to embed EDI into their work and into their leadership. The networks strengthen the voice of members, celebrate their contributions and strive to transform the NHS. 

    Developing inclusive workplace cultures 

    Our Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme, led by NHS Employers, supports health and care organisations to create inclusive workplace cultures, where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds and ways of living are welcomed and celebrated.  The programme has supported over 300 organisations over the last decade, encouraging collaborative working, sharing innovation and best practice, and making change happen.