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] or [email protected]

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

Information on staff networks can be found here

East of England offers

Leadership Development Offer for Ready Now and Stepping Up alumni and other ethnic minority staff:

We’re pleased to announce that bookings are now open for the leadership development offer for our East of England Ready Now and Stepping Up alumni and those from ethnic minority backgrounds who are considering applying for these positive action programmes.

Patricia Ezechie, a creative and experienced coach who specialises in career management, personal development, resilience and wellbeing, is offering a wraparound development package including a series of workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions.

Intersectionality, Identity and Authenticity

Tuesday 14th February 10.00 – 12.00: click here to book

Coaching Sessions

The 1:1 coaching sessions with Patricia are now fully booked. Please be sure to attend booked coaching sessions or to cancel with at least 24 hours’ notice so someone else can have the benefit of the session, otherwise it will be lost.

Coaching and mentoring can be accessed via the East of England CoachNet and MentorNet registers here

Compassionate and Inclusive Cultures

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

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

We’re pleased to announce a series of webinars facilitated by Purple as part of Neurodiversity Celebration Week. These interactive webinars will be delivered by neurodiverse facilitators giving context and real-world experience that can be built upon. The webinars will provide insights across a range of topics and can be accessed as stand-alone sessions or as a series to build on the learning.

The webinar series will provide an introduction to neurodivergent conditions, highlight the possible advantages that neurodiversity can give people and consider how to ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to enable neurodiverse staff to thrive. The series will also cover why making adjustments is beneficial for all and what can be the consequences of not engaging with, and adjusting for, neurodiverse staff.

Webinar 1: What is Neurodiversity?

Tuesday 7th March 9.30 – 11.00: click here to book

Webinar 2: The power of Neurodivergent thinking

Wednesday 15th March 1.30 – 3.00: click here to book

Webinar 3: Action planning for Neurodiversity

Thursday 23rd March 9.30 – 11.00: click here to book

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