Diversity and Inclusion Partners

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What does being a diversity and inclusion partner mean?

The diversity and inclusion partners programme supports participating trusts to progress and develop their equality performance and to build capacity in this area. At the same time the programme provides an opportunity for partners to offer advice, guidance and demonstrations of good practice in equality and diversity management to the wider NHS. Partners are supported to achieve this in a number of ways.

  • Continuous improvement around equality and diversity within their own organisation.
  • Raising awareness of what constitutes sustainable, outcome-focused improvement in managing equality and diversity across their region.
  • Acting as a thermometer by which NHS Employers can determine the key issues facing the wider NHS, so that advice and guidance is relevant and up to date.
  • Contributing to the development of emerging good practice and providing a channel for collecting case studies from which others can learn, within the wider context of NHS initiatives.
  • Contributing to a broader understanding of equality and diversity, across both the NHS and the wider public sector, in the context of quality, innovation, productivity and disease prevention.

The 2017/18 partners programme will be delivered in four modules:

  • standards
  • capacity
  • delivery
  • evaluation
What are the benefits of being a partner?

We work closely with our partners and support them to embed equality and diversity in their organisation. There are a number of other key benefits for NHS organisations in becoming a partner.

  • Increased profile of your organisation at network events, conferences and through the NHS Employers website and communications.
  • Advice, guidance and assistance from NHS Employers in meeting the minimum requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Free access to training, development, coaching and mentoring for the partner lead person on the use of the tools and techniques within the programme.
  • Opportunities to discuss, network and test out new concepts within the safe environment of partner meetings.
  • Opportunity to influence national policy direction.
  • In some cases, indirect benefits of NHS Employers’ membership of national forums, such as the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
The 2017/18 diversity and inclusion partners 

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Care UK
  • Cheshire and Wirral NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • City Healthcare Partnership CIC
  • East and North Herts NHS Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust 
  • North Somerset Community Partnership
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Nottingham North and East CCG
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford, Bury and HMR CCG
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • South Central Ambulance NHS Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
The MERIT consortium

The MERIT consortium is made up of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. These organisations are awarded joint partners status for 2017/18 and will attend partner meetings to promote partnership working and share good practice with the other partners.

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