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NHS names new equality and diversity champions

NHS Employers says “this is not about political correctness”

Mark Gould

Thursday, 24 May 2012

NHS Employers today named 12 organisations, including four newly-established clinical commissioning groups, who have been chosen as Equality and Diversity Partners for the NHS.

The 12 were selected for their commitment to improving patient access and experience, to engage and support staff, make leadership more inclusive and improve health outcomes for their entire population.

They will contribute to the NHS Employers programme of work and will help spread good practice, learning and expertise throughout the NHS.

NHS Employers director Dean Royles, stressed the programme “isn't about ticking boxes or political correctness”.

He said it is 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,” he added.

He cited the example of one of the Partners, Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (KCCG) and NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT, which employs an award-winning team of health champions who have learning disabilities and lead on improving health outcomes.

Local GP Neil Walden, said:

" (We) are delighted to have been jointly selected to participate in the NHS Equality Partners’ Programme this year. KCCG are committed to reducing health inequalities, improving patient experience, and addressing unmet needs for all of our population. We recognise the inequalities which can be suffered by people from different protected groups. We look forward to sharing our good practice and learning from other organisations as we participate in the programme during the next few months."

Another Partner Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust scored among the top 20 per cent of acute trusts in the NHS Staff Survey (scoring 93 per cent) on equal opportunities criteria, which it achieves with a wide range of programmes ranging from the strategic to personal level.

The 12 Partners are:

  1. NHS Bassetlaw (a CCG)
  2. NHS Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus (a CCG)
  3. Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT (a CCG)
  4. NHS Bury and Clinical Commissioning Group (a CCG)
  5. Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  6. Whittington Health
  7. Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust
  8. South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  9. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  11. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
  12. Equality Partners Liverpool Health Economy, consisting of: Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

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