Race, Equality and Diversity - our aims
We're fully committed to improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for patients, communities and staff across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) health and care system.
Aligned to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE/I) Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES), we identified a number of key areas for action.
One of the key aims was to set-up a system-wide EDI Steering Group which is up-and-running with energy and commitment from all members.
Achievements through 2021
One of the key aims was to set-up a system-wide EDI Steering Group which is up-and-running with energy and commitment from all members. Work has commenced at a system level, pulling together the great work of Trusts and CCGs from across the region and implementing initiatives that make sense to ‘do it once’.
SYB ICS has developed a BAME talent management reciprocal mentoring programme, the Inclusive Cultures Programme, which commenced with its first cohort of aspiring and established leaders in September 2021.
In December 2021 SYB ICS was successful in securing funding from NHSEI to further the work of inclusive recruitment and practices and developing staff networks. This will allow us to deliver EDI specific training, hold events to bring staff together from across the region and develop some valuable resources.
Plans for 2022 and beyond
Building on the excellent work of the EDI Steering Group, we will establish an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Executive Board to be chaired by the Independent Chair of ICB, to ensure the EDI agenda attains a high profile and engages senior level input.
We are currently exploring how we can best connect the current existing Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Networks across all our partners to the existing ICS leadership and governance structures. In addition, we will continue to focus on race equality issues by progressing the Inclusive Cultures Reciprocal Mentoring Programme, creating a Race Equality Charter, and re-establishing the Stepping Up Programme for BAME nurses and midwives.
We continue to work with colleagues and partners in ICS to address Health Inequalities for all patients and residents, especially where protected characteristics have increased those inequalities.
We will support regions workforce and their health and wellbeing through the work of established EDI for HWB roles embedded in all NHS Trusts in the region.
We will improve on system wide data collation building on existing reporting i.e. WRES, WDES, EDS2 etc. and use to develop improvement plans including improving diversity through recruitment and promotion practices.
We will work with colleagues to develop Inclusive Recruitment and Promotion practices, for instance diverse representation on interview panels, reviewing job descriptions and increasing mentoring programmes. We also have plans to enhance the recruitment of Associate Non-Executive Directors (NEDs).
To ensure that we remain on-track with our EDI pledges, we will embed the work into all ICS work programmes by looking at resourcing the further development of EDI work and ensuring this is seen as a system-wide approach system wide.
Partner organisations across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have also backed the NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE/I) Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requirements. The WRES supports employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to progress within the NHS through equity of access to career opportunities and also through the improved treatment in the workplace.