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We’re excited to announce that NHS Employers has partnered with us for this year’s National Inclusion Week.

In this interview, you will find out a bit more about inclusion at NHS Employers and what has made them become a sponsor for this year’s National Inclusion Week.

Read on to learn more.

1. Can you tell us about NHS Employers’ inclusion journey?

NHS Employers is the employers’ organisation for the NHS in England. We support workforce leaders and represent employers to develop a sustainable workforce and be the best employers they can be. We also manage the relationships with NHS trade unions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

We are part of the NHS Confederation and it’s wider equality, diversity and inclusion programme. EDI is a key strategic function that contributes to increased productivity, safety, quality improvement and financial savings.

The NHS employs 1.5million staff and is one of the largest employers worldwide. The change that we drive in the NHS is change that impacts our country, our people and can tackle health inequalities across communities. We support organisations in achieving the six high impact actions within the NHS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan and to create the sense of belonging that is a key facet of the NHS Workforce Plan.

We run a number of EDI campaigns and activities throughout the year. One of our most successful programmes is our Diversity in Health and Care Partners Programme. It 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 more than 300 organisations over the last decade, making change happen by working with EDI practitioners, encouraging collaborative working, and sharing innovation and best practice.

Another key piece of work is around supporting disabled colleagues in the workplace in line with the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard. This is centred around improving staff experience in the workplace. We host an annual Disability Summit which provides a platform to share some of the challenges disabled people face in the workplace and also showcase good practice. We also develop guidance and host a number of webinars on topics such as making reasonable adjustments and inclusive recruitment. Ultimately, we want to make the NHS a place where disabled people can flourish in their roles.

We also work closely with our three EDI leadership networks run by the NHS Confederation. These are the Health and Care Women Leaders Network, Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network and the BME Leadership Network. They aim to strengthen the voice of their members, providing a national platform to connect and a unique place to learn and gain insight.

 

2. Why have NHS Employers chosen to sponsor National Inclusion Week 2023?

The theme of National Inclusion Week 2023 “Take Action, Make Impact” resonates closely with our work. We firmly believe that real impact can only happen with real actions, and not just words. To create true impact, we believe in the power of voice. Empowering colleagues, organisations and people more generally to speak up, speak openly and share their experiences to allow us to create meaningful actions to drive change. Having run for eleven years, National Inclusion Week has provided a vital platform for these voices to be heard, across the United Kingdom and throughout a variety of employers. We believe it’s time for the NHS voices to join this movement and create impact.

“Participating in National Inclusion Week provides a fantastic opportunity for organisations to showcase their commitment and the work they are doing towards achieving their inclusion goals.”

3. How can participation in National Inclusion Week help organisations in achieving their inclusion goals?

Participating in National Inclusion Week provides a fantastic opportunity for organisations to showcase their commitment and the work they are doing towards achieving their inclusion goals. It provides a  platform to open the doors to open, honest conversations and allowing new voices to be heard.  It puts those who are often marginalised front and centre of the discussion and it facilitates best practice to be shared more widely. There are educational sessions, podcasts, webinars and resources which can help organisations structure and work towards their inclusion goals.

 

4. Do you have any advice for other employers on how to get involved with NIW this year?

1. Join the conversation – post on social media, share ideas, speak in webinars.

2. Spread the message in your organisation, think about running your own local campaign and activities during the week. Give colleagues time to join the sessions and learn from each other.

3. Listen to our podcast and attend our webinar to learn more about the Power of Voice and how you can take action to make real impact in your organisations..

A huge thank you to NHS Employers for joining us as a sponsor for National Inclusion Week 2023 and for sharing their experience here.

If you still need to be signed up for NIW 2023, you can find out more and register today!

Recruit with confidence

Inclusive recruitment is key to diversifying your workforce.

Our experts provide tailored support, whether you’re starting from scratch or reviewing your current practices.

Recruitment audit, training, policy review, and job design; we can support you with all stages of the recruitment process.

Talk to us about recruiting inclusively

 

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