Diversity and Inclusion

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Equality, diversity and inclusion continue to be at the heart of the NHS strategy.

Investing in a diverse NHS workforce enables us to deliver a more inclusive service and improve patient care.

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Inclusion is about an individual’s experience within the workplace and in wider society and the extent to which they feel valued and included.

NHS Employers' diversity and inclusion team represents the views of NHS organisations on equality and diversity issues and also offer a broad range of advice, guidance and practical support for trusts.

Diversity and inclusion in practice

In the NHS, equality and diversity are crucial to delivering quality services.

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Creating a personal, fair & diverse NHS

Join our vibrant network of champions who are committed to taking action, however small, to create a personal, fair and diverse workplace.

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Our networks provide an opportunity to develop equality performance in your own trust as well as provide a steer on what the priorities for the NHS Equality and Diversity Council should be for the next few years.

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Need to know

View all the latest guidance and information on key topics and issues. 


Tools and resources

View the latest tools to help you continue to embed equality and diversity in your trust. 


Diversity and inclusion: updates and events

Updates, and details of events in the NHS diversity and inclusion calendar.

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Get involved

Find out about equality, diversity and human rights week, celebrating diversity in the NHS and the Mary Seacole Awards.

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Diversity and inclusion in the NHS 2016 conference resources

Take a look at the tools and resources created following the NHS Employers 2016 diversity and inclusion conference.

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