Inclusion, Equality and Diversity

We aim to lead on making inclusion a reality within the NHS. We’ll do this through investment in excellent, knowledgeable and capable leadership.

We know that diversity and inclusion leads to improved health and greater staff and patient experiences of the NHS, and we welcome the challenge of enabling staff from all backgrounds to develop and excel in their roles. From those just starting out to more senior colleagues, we’re here to support every staff member to develop their potential and to promote leadership at every level. We’re playing our part in addressing underrepresentation at senior levels and ensuring that the NHS truly represents our diverse patient population now and into the future. 

For information on inclusive leadership development offers in the east of England, please contact
[email protected]

More details about inclusion, equality and diversity nationally can be found here

Information on staff networks can be found here

Medicine – #UnderTheScope is the theme for this year’s LGBT+ History Month, celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.

Our regional EDI team have captured the lived experiences of some of our colleagues who are Living with Pride

East of England offers

East of England Positive Action Programme

Open to alumni of the Leadership Academy’s Ready Now and Stepping Up programmes and other staff from ethnic minority backgrounds working across systems in the East of England.

Bookings are now open for the next series of workshops run by Patricia Ezechie, a creative and experienced coach who specialises in career management, personal development, resilience and wellbeing. Join Patricia for these thought-provoking and interactive sessions designed to challenge your assumptions, to offer practical tips and tools for career development, and to provide opportunities to learn from each other. And if you’re wondering whether these sessions are right for you, check out some of the feedback we’ve had so far Positive-Action-Programme-Evaluation-FINAL-2.pdf (

Tuesday 20 February 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fully booked

Wednesday 17 April 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Click here to book

Coaching is an effective tool in supporting both your professional and personal development and helping you to achieve your goals. A limited number of one-to-one coaching sessions are available with Patricia. Click here to find out more and express an interest.

These workshops are now open to all health and care staff working across the East of England.

Tuesday 19 March 10:00 am – 1:30 pm: Click here to book

Wednesday 10 April 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Click here to book

Compassionate and Inclusive Cultures

Find out more about our compassionate and inclusive leadership development offers and book your place here

Regional offers

Inclusive Leadership in Health and Care

This course supports managers and supervisors working in health and care across the UK to develop inclusive and compassionate leadership skills. Further information and booking details can be found here:

NHS East of England equality, diversity and inclusion

The role of the East of England’s Equality and Inclusion team is to support NHS organisations within the region to meet their legal public sector duties under the Equality Act 2010 and deliver key priorities set out in the NHS People Plan. Their work on the EDI agenda supports organisations and our NHS people in ensuring their experience at work is the best it can be.

Visit the team’s website to find an overview of their key priorities, the East of England Antiracism strategy, and other resources to help organisations create workplace environments that are inclusive, equitable and compassionate: NHS England East of England » Equality, diversity and inclusion

Useful links and resources