13 May 2020
We are currently living in very unusual times and facing a huge challenge in the form of Covid-19, that is impacting on every area of our lives. The situation has also served to accentuate the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion and the need for us to continue to monitor, evaluate and respond to the impacts that they have on our staff and patients.
We are, therefore, delighted to announce that Sussex NHS Commissioners have been selected to be part of the NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme for 2020/21.
As a Partner, we will be influencing regional debate, shaping the agenda for action and working with other leaders to help innovate and create more sustainable healthcare practice and a positive working environment for our staff.
Nicky Cambridge, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Sussex NHS Commissioners, said:
“Sussex NHS Commissioners are delighted to have been chosen to join the NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we can do and will use the participation in the programme to examine our current policy and practice in light of the best practice learning offered by participation in the programme.”
The role of a Partner organisation is to:
- Work with NHS Employers, other Partner organisations and Alumni in the region to support system-wide efforts to improve the robust measurement of equality, diversity and inclusion across the health and social care system.
- The context of such activities will be the NHS Long Term Plan and the pending NHS People Plan. This will include a specific focus on areas such as the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES), the Learning Disability Employment Programme (LDEP), the Workforce Race Equality Standard and the whole area of gender pay gap reporting and its associated issues (amongst other things).
- Attend development events and work with other Partner organisations in the programme and from the same region.
In becoming a Partner, we agree to:
- Attend the scheduled modules represented by two members of staff including one board member.
- Support continuous improvement around equality and diversity within our organisation.
- Raise awareness of what constitutes sustainable, outcome-focused improvement in managing equality and diversity across our region.
- Act 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.
- Contribute to the development of emerging good practice and provide a channel for collecting case studies from which others can learn, within the wider context of NHS initiatives.