Taking place between Monday 10 and Friday 14 May, the NHS’s annual Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (#EQW2021) is a national platform for organisations to highlight their work to create a fairer and more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.

The celebration provides an opportunity to promote, showcase and celebrate the amazing work going on across health and social care sector around the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.

With last year unable to go ahead due to the pandemic, NHS Employers are encouraging and supporting health and social care organisations across the system to participate in conversations about how, more than ever, we need to think about the role of equality, diversity and inclusion as part of our road to recovery and reset through 2021.

During the week, NHCP will be showcasing stories which show how the organisations across our Partnership have promoted and celebrated diversity, and sharing the experiences of some of our inspirational leaders.

National events have also been arranged, as follows:

  • Webinar – How can networks support the health and wellbeing of staff? Thursday 13 May 3.30-4.30pm
    The NHS Confederation have teamed up with their BME Leadership Network, Health & Care Women Leaders and LGBTQ+ Networks, and Health and Wellbeing team to deliver this webinar. During this session they will explore how networks have made adjustments to how they operate during the pandemic, the health and wellbeing challenges their members have faced and the crucial support networks provide. Find out more information and register.
  • Tweetchat – Autism, identity and inclusion Thursday 13 May 8-9pm #AustisticIdentity
    The NHS Confederation are also delighted to be supporting this Tweetchat organised by Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. During this session they will have an open discussion on the relationship between autism and identity, listen to autistic voices and better understand how we can support autistic people as allies.

Nicolas Hamilton

Leadership Matters Conversations with Nicolas Hamilton

On Friday 14 May from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, racing driver Nicolas Hamilton will be delivering the latest in NHCP’s regular series of inspiring Leadership Matters Conversations webinars.

Born with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, Nicolas Hamilton was initially a wheelchair user. Today, he is a racing driver in the British Touring Car Championship. During the session, which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, Nicolas will recount his personal story of motivation, and facing down challenges, as well as the lessons in teamwork that his sport has instilled.

Click here to register for the event.