About Midlands workforce, race, equality and inclusion strategy
The goal of health and social care services are to run the best health and wellbeing service possible, but this can only happen with a healthy workforce.
Information and the lived experience of staff shows us how discrimination can make staff unhealthy and how race discrimination affects people’s health the most. The disproportionate level of discrimination among Black, Asian and ethnic minority staff is evident in our NHS staff survey and WRES data.
The People Plan written in summer 2020, says the problem of race discrimination needs to be tackled urgently. Senior leaders and staff in the Midlands region have worked together to write the Midland Race Equality Plan. The plan explains how racism can be tackled in health and social care across the region.
The NHS was first set up to create a healthcare service that is supposed to be accessible and inclusive to everyone. However, many people who are disadvantaged in society do not have good access to healthcare and still have poor health outcomes. This also rings true for our staff who continue to experience discrimination within the NHS.
This plan will only succeed if everyone takes responsibility for their actions and how they behave.
How will this plan work?
Three principles guide this plan:
- Educate – “We can all learn more about racial discrimination”
- Challenge – “We need to work together to challenge racism”
- Support – “We need to support each other to take action”
The Midlands Inclusivity and Diversity Award Scheme 2022
The Midlands Inclusivity and Diversity Award Scheme, or ‘MIDAS’, recognises new and excellent ways of working by staff, managers, and leaders across the region, to make the Midlands an inclusive place to work for all our NHS people.
This plan does not just support staff from an ethnic diverse background. By making the Midland region fairer it will support other protected groups in the Equality Act 2010 which includes people of different ages, disabled people, people who are changing their gender, pregnant women and mothers, people who believe in a religion or have no religion, people attracted to the same sex or the opposite sex.
Find out more
Watch a recording of the Time for action: Midlands workforce, race, equality and inclusion launch strategy.
Read the Time for action: Midlands workforce, race, equality and inclusion strategy below:
- Time for action
- The importance of leadership
- The People Plan and the Regional Strategy
- Prioritisation of system and employer-led actions
- Leadership skills
- Accessing health and wellbeing support
- Removing barriers to help staff speak-up
- Tackling racism and other types of discrimination
- Eliminating racism and bias in recruitment and progression
- Eliminating racism and bias in disciplinaries
- A collaborative approach across systems
- Building accountability
- Reward and measuring progress
- Research and evaluation
- Glossary and key concepts
- An easy read version of our Midlands Workforce Race Equality and Inclusion Strategy is available.
- Organisations can use our WREI Self-Assessment Tool to monitor progress against the required outcomes within the strategy.
- NHS organisation and ICSs can download our Implementation Guide to support them to embed the strategy. This guidance is a working document and therefore will be reviewed and updated in collaboration with stakeholders in the region.
- Use the links below to jump to the below videos featured on this page:
- The White Ally: Steve Morrison
- How my lived experience has shaped me: Shajeda Ahmed
- The pace of change: Byron Batten
- The Advocate: Jennifer Pearson
- A bit of me: Byron Batten
- The Cultural Ambassador: Suresh Packiam
- What white allyship ISN’T: Lenea Nyamapfeka
- Staying safe: Jennifer Pearson
- The right fit: Mwamba Bennett