Tackling inequalities to transform care
Our Tackling Inequalities Programme complements national, regional and local strategies on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and health inequalities.
Offering practical guidance, insightful resources and opportunities to connect, we support members to promote diverse recruitment, have confidence in those with lived experience, to develop their workforces and build an inclusive leadership pipeline for the future.
We do this through practical, evidence-based approaches in three areas:
- Equity – empowering members to lead through community and workforce engagement.
- Leadership – supporting members to build a diverse leadership.
- Accountability – a clear and effective system of accountability.
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.
Our programmes and improvement initiatives
NHS Employers equality, diversity and inclusion programme
Supporting NHS trusts to create a fairer and more diverse workplace, where difference is welcomed.
Diversity in Health and Care Partners Programme
Supporting health and care organisations to create more inclusive workplace cultures, where difference is welcomed and celebrated.
Leadership Action on Health Inequality
Support and guidance for stronger NHS leadership action on health inequalities.
Our leadership networks
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.
Our resources and case studies
Health and Care LGBTQ+ Inclusion Framework
A practical framework enabling health and care leaders to create inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ staff and service users.
28 September 2022
Combatting racial discrimination against minority ethnic nurses and midwives
A new anti-racism resource has been published by NHS England to enable staff to take action against inequality.
3 November 2022
Health Inequalities Leadership Framework: board assurance tool
Assisting board members to assess strategies, delivery plans or other initiatives for their impact on health inequality.
21 February 2023
News and comment
Improving services for autistic people and their families
Through joined-up working to service provision, small steps can lead to major improvements in physical and mental health for autistic people.
30 March 2023
ICS leaders will be pleased to see Health and Social Care Select Committee reflect their priorities in inquiry report
Sarah Walter, director of the ICS Network, responds to the publication of the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry report on ICS.
29 March 2023
A statement from the chair and former chief executive of the NHS Confederation on the passing of Andrew Foster.
23 March 2023
Health on the line
New podcast series, hosted by Matthew Taylor, offers fresh perspective on the healthcare challenges of our time and ways to confront them.
BME Leadership Network newsletter
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Health and Care Women Leaders Network newsletter
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