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
A statement from the chair and former chief executive of the NHS Confederation on the passing of Andrew Foster.
23 March 2023
Inclusive leadership pledge
Sign our inclusive leadership pledge to demonstrate your commitment to being an inclusive leader.
22 March 2023
NHS Confederation responds to the Chancellor's 2023 Spring Budget
Matthew Taylor responds to the Chancellor's 2023 Spring Budget.
15 March 2023
Watch: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network held an International Women's Day 2023 (IWD 2023) celebration on Wednesday 8 March.
8 March 2023 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
Leadership Action on Health Inequality - Webinar 1
The first webinar of a series; delivered by our improvement support programme for system leaders and NHS board members.
22 March 2023 08:30 - 10:00 GMT
Using digital to deliver population health management
Learn how Surrey Heartlands ICB is using digital tools and population health analytics to improve health and care outcomes.
22 March 2023 09:15 - 10:45 GMT
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
Take a look at the latest news from the network in our monthly member mailing