Diversity and inclusion
We are committed to championing and promoting equal opportunity.
Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, with equal opportunities and without discrimination, irrespective of their background. We are working hard to ensure that we better reflect the communities we serve.
Examining the diversity of our workforce
We have been looking at an organisational diagnosis of the NHS Blood and Transplant Colindale centre in order to better understand our working environment for colleagues.
We commissioned an independent report and are taking action to make our organisation more diverse and inclusive.
Our staff networks
We have staff-run networks helping to promote an inclusive culture at NHS Blood and Transplant.
Our Women's Network, LGBT+ Network, BAME Network and Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) use the skills and resources of colleagues to add value to our organisation.
Workforce Race Equality Standard
The NHS England 'Workforce Race Equality Standard' (WRES) requires all NHS organisations to measure, demonstrate and publish their annual race equality improvements for each of the WRES indicators.
The national focus on these nine aspects of workforce race equality provides a great opportunity for NHS organisations to work together on specific interventions and to share good practice.
Workforce Disability Equality Standard
The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of 10 specific measures (metrics) which enables NHS organisations to compare the workplace and career experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. The aim is to use the metrics data to develop and publish an action plan and together with a year-on-year comparison. This will enable us to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality.
Single Equality Scheme 2015-2019
This scheme continues to demonstrate our commitment to ensure that equality is integral to our work and the service we provide. It brings together and strengthens our equality measures from the last three years, and involved a wide range of people in its development. This included the views of our colleagues, donors, patients and customers on key business priorities for equality and diversity, community engagement, employment and service delivery.
NHS Employers diversity and inclusion partners programme
We were privileged to have been selected as one of NHS Employers diversity and inclusion partners for 2017/18 and we are now part of their alumni programme.
This is a great opportunity to work with NHS Employers as well as other partner organisations, national stakeholders like the NHS Leadership Academy and NHS England to help support and embed equality, diversity and inclusion within our culture.