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:
An improved equality delivery system (EDS) to hold organisations to account; personally accountable service/system leaders using EDS data effectively to measurably tackle inequality.
Help members to implement innovative and effective solutions for building diverse leadership; including increased non-executive director diversity.
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.
Strengthening NHS board diversity
An overview of the key findings and recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Increasing Non-Executive Director Diversity.
15 June 2021
May 2021 update: COVID-19 and the female health and care workforce survey
This report from the NHS Confederation's Health and Care Women Leaders Network presents the findings of a survey commissioned by the network.
5 May 2021
What do #LeadersLookLike to you?
Find out how to get involved in this campaign to create a more inclusive notion of leadership in the health and care sector.
10 May 2021
Action for equality
This report from the Health & Care Women Leaders Network explores the diversity of NHS and arm's-length body boards across England.
9 September 2020
Health and Care Women Leaders Network
A strong, united and influential voice for women, embracing the multiple and intersectional identities that the word woman speaks to.
Increasing vaccine uptake: lessons for future success
What can be learned from community action to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine?
4 June 2021
Get over it: how speaking up and listening well supports equality, diversity and inclusion
On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia, Russell Parkinson recommends a healthy speaking up culture to enable positive change.
17 May 2021
Join us in supporting South Asian Heritage Month
South Asian Heritage Month takes place from 18 July–17 August and aims to raise the profile and contribution of British South Asian history in the UK.
21 July 2021
New report underlines integral necessity of doctors from black and minority ethnic communities ensuring NHS remains a service for all
New report underlines integral necessity of doctors from black and minority ethnic communities ensuring NHS remains a health service for all
20 July 2021
Supporting the LGBTQ+ population tweet chat
The latest in our series of tweet chats will look at how we can listen to service users and take responsibility for collecting and reporting data.
10 August 2021 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Connecting primary care to place and system
Join Hill Dickinson LLP and primary care leaders as they explore the evolving role of primary care at place and system.
11 August 2021 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
BME Leadership Network newsletter
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Health & Care Women Leaders Network newsletter
Take a look at the latest news from the network in our monthly member mailing.