MIDAS Awards

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 staff. The scheme is specifically designed to recognise the good work that is happening here in the Midlands across our health and social care sector.

Evidence suggests that black, Asian and ethnic minority staff are more likely to have a poorer work experience than their white co-workers. Despite the slow progress, we must be confident that change can happen, and we know a lot of work is taking place across the region to address and change this.

The Covid-19 pandemic also helped to showcase the fantastic work of health and social care staff and emphasised how important it is to recognise and reward our staff.

The Midlands Workforce Race Equality and Inclusion Strategy (WREIS) is committed to celebrating good practice. MIDAS will be an annual celebration, and this year will focus on work to address workforce race equality issues.

Over the next few years, MIDAS will be broadened to celebrate work to address other equality issues by working with our Regional Equality and Diversity Subgroup.

MIDAS is not just a celebration. It is about sharing and learning from each other. Therefore, we intend to publish the best examples of good practice on our WREI webpages.


Watch the video below from our Regional Director of Workforce and OD, Steve Morrison, to hear more about the awards and why you should put forward your nominations:


How to nominate

Please send your application by:

The work undertaken in your nomination should have taken place since May 2021, when our Midlands Workforce, Race, Equality and Inclusion Strategy was launched.

Nominations which are incomplete, or do not provide sufficient detail, or do not meet the criteria will not be judged, so please ensure you read the category information and criteria by clicking on the below categories before submitting your nominations.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 9 September 2022. Applications are open to both NHS and non-NHS organisations who are working as partners within an Integrated Care System in the Midlands.

Award Categories and Criteria

Inclusive leadership plays an important part in our regional WREIS. Without executive leaders’ commitment to inclusion, there may not be any progress, and the hope for an inclusive workforce in the future will fail.

This award recognises

A commitment to inclusive leadership by an executive board member working in health or social care.

Nominations welcome from

Any members of staff who would like to nominate their executive co-workers.

Who can be nominated?

Any executive board member in the health and care sector, ICB level or an organisation.

MIDAS judges are looking for people who can:

  • Show how their leadership is helping to reduce racism in the workforce.
  • Show how they made reducing racism in the workforce a priority and how this improved the experience of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff.
  • Show how they made the experience of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff and patients better.
  • Show how they engaged, listened and responded to the concerns of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff.

Ideally, applications should be able to show how their approach affected all staff.

Please tell us

  • How leadership skills were put into practice
  • How leadership values addressed race inequality
  • About working with black, Asian and ethnic minority staff

This award celebrates the positive impact made by staff networks and their support for black, Asian and ethnic minority staff in sorting out race equality in the workplace.

This award recognises

Outstanding work by staff network groups to equality, diversity and inclusion in organisations and across ICBs.

Nominations welcome from

Staff networks, staff who have been supported by a staff network

Who can be nominated?

  • Network groups in all diversity groups
  • Any staff network in the health and care sector

MIDAS judges are looking for staff networks that can:

  • Show they have worked hard to make sure staff are heard and encouraged staff to work with or take part in the network
  • Show they are determined to support black, Asian and ethnic minority staff and related diversity issues
  • Hold leaders and organisations/systems to account
  • Resolved problems faced by members of networks during Covid-19.

Please tell us

  • Examples of work in the last 12 months.
  • How staff ideas and comments have resulted in new projects or policies
  • About the impact of projects that promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • About important lessons learnt and how these could be included in plans or projects in the future.

We believe leaders don’t always have ‘Chief’ or ‘Manager’ in their job title, so this award celebrates staff who go above and beyond to support black, Asian and ethnic minority co-workers and patients.

This award recognises

An individual who has shown others in their organisation the importance of diversity, mainly race equality, and has worked to make a difference or inspired others.

Nominations welcome from

Staff can nominate someone they think has worked hard to address racism in their organisation or make the experience of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff or patients better.

Who can be nominated?

Anyone working in health and social care, including agency or bank staff.

MIDAS judges are looking for people who can:

  • Show a real commitment to race equality
  • Show examples of work they carried out in the last 12 months
  • Show how their work or projects helped to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisation.

Please tell us

  • About the support offered to black, Asian and ethnic minority co-workers or patients and how it affected them
  • How racism or inequalities experienced by co-workers or patients were challenged
  • How support to co-workers helped them work through their beliefs and behaviours.

Covid-19 highlighted how black, Asian and ethnic minority staff experienced inequality in their health care and in the workplace.

Working together as an inclusive system is the best way to deal with organisations that have unfair working practices, and it is the best way to offer fairer services for local people.

This award recognises

The most inclusive way of working across an ICS between health and care organisations, in achieving the greatest potential to positively tackle racism within the workforce and inequalities in health.

Nominations welcome from

Any colleagues or team who are working at a system level.

Who can be nominated?

ICSs or ICBs that can show how they worked closely with black, Asian and ethnic minority staff across the health and social care sector to deal with racism in the workplace.

MIDAS judges are looking for ICS or ICBs that can:

  • Show how they are working towards the goals of the WREIS.
  • Show how they worked closely with black, Asian and ethnic minority staff in health and social care
  • Show how they listened to staff concerns
  • Give examples of how they replied to staff concerns

Please tell us

  • How staff concerns have affected or changed the way the organisation is run
  • Examples of how leaders supported an anti-racist organisation
  • What you did, what was difficult and what you learned about working together
  • How information and staff experience was shared across organisations
  • How partner organisations will carry on sharing information in the way that the ICS or ICB is run

True allyship is about action: being an ‘active bystander’, being part of an organisation that does not discriminate, supporting people who are discriminated against and dealing with those who discriminate and are racist.

This award recognises

The importance of allyship in dealing with racism by celebrating people who:

  • challenge others to promote equality
  • support co-workers who have experienced racism and make them feel that they are part of the organisation.

Nominations welcome from

Any member of staff who has worked with an ally and seen them in action.

Who can be nominated?

Anyone who has signed up to be an active ally and who deals with racism in the workplace.

MIDAS judges are looking for people who can:

  • Give examples of how they played their part to ensure their organisation was serious about racial equality and inclusion
  • Show how they were advocates for other members of staff
  • Show how they worked with and learnt from black, Asian and ethnic minority staff with a lived experienced of racism in the workplace.
  • Show how they addressed racism and used white privilege to support black, Asian and ethnic minority staff.

Please tell us

  • The effect they had on individuals and their organisation as a whole
  • Examples of leadership and how their work has led to a more inclusive organisation where managers take responsibility for what they do
  • Examples of how they supported the careers of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff.

The winner of this category will show how their anti-racist approach would support one or more of the goals of the Midlands WREIS:

  • Ending racism in disciplinaries
  • Ending racism in recruitment and or progression
  • Removing barriers to help staff speak up
  • Tackling racist bullying and harassment
  • Getting support for health and wellbeing

This award recognises

Those that can show they understand how racism affects everyone and have worked on or led the best project to tackle racism in the workplace.

Nominations welcome from

The team who has led on this work, or staff who would like to nominate the work of a team, staff network or organisation.

Who can be nominated?

Individuals, teams, organisations or systems.

MIDAS judges are looking for people or teams who can:

  • Show positive ways of working together
  • Show how they worked with and supported black, Asian and ethnic minority staff with a lived experience of racism
  • Show how their work has made the experience better for black, Asian and ethnic minority staff

Please tell us

  • Examples of working on solutions with staff with lived experience of racism
  • How this work has supported the goals of the WREIS
  • Examples of how information has been used to support an anti-racist approach
  • About the positive effects and learning after the project started.
  • Show how leaders have taken part in the project
  • Important lessons learnt and how they are included in future plans or projects.

The winner of this category will show how they have been a champion of diversity and inclusion for their organisation and how this work has affected staff or the organisation.

This award recognises

Someone who has:

  • worked closely with black, Asian and ethnic minority staff, helping them to speak openly about their personal experiences of health and wellbeing
  • been a champion of diversity and inclusion that new and existing staff understand.

Nominations welcome from

Co-workers, teams or line managers can nominate a member of staff who they believe has done excellent work leading on EDI health and wellbeing projects.

This could also include health and social care staff such as EDI leaders and those working at a system level.

Who can be nominated?

Anyone who has been a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion across an organisation or system.

MIDAS judges are looking for people who can:

  • Show how they used their inclusive leadership skills to lead on EDI projects that focused on dealing with racism in the workplace
  • Show new ideas for co-working with people with a lived experience on the project(s)
  • Show how they have supported the health and wellbeing of vulnerable co-workers.

Please tell us

  • How the individual helped to make their workplace more diverse and inclusive
  • Examples of having difficult conversations about race and how this affected the health and wellbeing of others
  • Examples of how their work affected black, Asian and ethnic minority staff