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The NHS Equality and Diversity Council today announced action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace. The move follows recent reports which have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population. The Council has pledged its commitment, subject to consultation […]
At the System Leaders Forum on Tuesday 11 March Sir David Nicholson led the way in making his commitment to advancing equality and tackling health inequalities by signing a Statement of Declaration. By signing the declaration he has pledged to champion change on bringing together the equality and health inequalities agenda and raise ambition at […]
New funding formula for local health commissioners more accurately reflects population changes and includes a specific deprivation measure Funding for NHS commissioners will rise from £96bn to £100bn over the next two years, so despite wider public sector budget cuts the NHS is being protected from inflation at a time of austerity. Changes to the […]
Today (4 November) at the London NHS Values Summit, NHS England Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson, announced a refresh of a toolkit designed to ensure NHS organisations follow best practice in delivering services that are free of discrimination and meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Sir David announced the refresh of the Equality […]
NHS England is to host its first NHS Values Summit on Friday 17 May. The event, which is being held in Bristol, will enable leaders from health and social care and staff, patients and local community representatives to share insights into how people’s differences can affect their experiences, quality of care and health outcomes. Prof […]
On 12 April, the NHS England Board agreed Putting Patients First: the NHS England Business Plan for 2013/14-2015/6. We have set ourselves three interim equality objectives for April to October 2013, which will ensure that our own policy making, decisions and activities are compliant with the public sector Equality Duty, and provide system leadership to […]
Help to shape the national strategy for equality, health inequalities and human rights – have your say
Working as part of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC), the NHS CB is inviting a wide range of views to inform the development of the national strategy to promote equality and reduce health inequalities. The strategy will set out a clear approach, reflective of the values of the NHS Constitution, for promoting equality […]
In November 2012, the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) announced that it was to change its name to the Personal, Fair and Diverse Council in response to the Council’s new responsibilities for health inequalities and human rights as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Feedback is important to us and we […]
The first anniversary of the launch of the Equality Delivery System (EDS) by Sir David Nicholson is marked by the publication of the report ‘Evaluation of the equality delivery system for the NHS’ which looks at how the EDS has been adopted in NHS organisations. Produced by Shared Intelligence, this report highlights the improved local […]
A report has been published today which assesses the impact of the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority’s functions on equality. Originally commissioned by the Department of Health’s Transition Programme, this equality analysis examines the limited functions of the Authority, recommending actions to ensure that it is compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and meets […]