The NHS Employers organisation today announces that 12 organisations, including four newly-established clinical commissioning groups, have been chosen as Equality and Diversity Partners for the NHS for the year ahead.
The partners were selected by NHS Employers because of their strong equality and diversity programmes and commitment to progress. They will contribute to the NHS Employers programme of work on the issue and will help spread good practice, learning and expertise throughout the NHS for the benefit of staff and patients.
Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“If you believe in the NHS you know that equality and diversity are essential to its success. Employers recognise the value of supporting staff from all backgrounds and understand the need to be responsive to the communities they serve. The NHS is making really good progress promoting equality and diversity. We know that unacceptable practice can have a negative impact on patient care and we need to take a zero tolerance approach to it.
“The Partners programme isn’t about ticking boxes or political correctness. It’s about helping run the NHS in a professional and fair way and delivering excellent patient care. There is good evidence to show that NHS organisations function better when they support this agenda.
“Each new Partner has worked hard to ensure that equality and diversity is becoming part of the fabric of their organisation. It is especially encouraging to have several newly-established CCGs onboard. Despite grappling with the complexities of establishing new organisations, CCGs recognise that equality and diversity needs to be a top priority.”
The Partners are being announced during the first ever NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, which takes place from 21-25 May 2012 and includes events throughout England. The Partners are:
- NHS Bassetlaw (a CCG)
- NHS Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus (a CCG)
- Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT (a CCG)
- NHS Bury and Clinical Commissioning Group (a CCG)
- Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- Whittington Health
- Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust
- South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
- Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
- Equality Partners Liverpool Health Economy, consisting of:
- Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
- Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust