Danny Mortimer: NHS Employers offers wholehearted support to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017

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Danny Mortimer

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (#EQW2017) will highlight the fantastic work being done to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.

The May 15-19 event, co-ordinated by NHS Employers, allows organisations to showcase the work they do all year round to meet the needs of local people, to ensure NHS staff from all backgrounds feel valued and that the health service is seen as an inclusive and attractive employer. 

The theme for this year is “diverse, inclusive, together”, chosen to reflect moves across the health and social care sector towards greater collaboration.

NHS Employers will host its own programme of activity throughout the week, including a look at how widening participation strategies can help with recruitment from local communities on Tuesday, a tweetchat on intersectionality from 8-9pm on Wednesday, and on Friday, the week will conclude with the NHS Employers Disability Summit.

Taking place at the Horizon Leeds conference venue from 9am to 3.30pm, the summit aims to create space for conversation and constructive challenge through debate. Spaces are still available

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“Equality remains at the heart of the health service, and we must make sure we do all we can to celebrate and maintain the amazing diversity within the NHS. Throughout its history, the NHS has benefited from the contribution of colleagues from a vast range of backgrounds, whose experience is integral to the care of a huge spectrum of patients.

“NHS Employers is pleased to sponsor and promote #EQW2017 once again and continues to offer its wholehearted support to all those involved.”

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