We produce guidance and quality standards to help reduce health inequalities, to improve access to healthcare and to encourage health improvement.

We are committed to promoting equality in all aspects of our work. 

We are committed to eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity, and fostering good relations, as required by the Equality Act 2010, and to complying with the Human Rights Act 1998. 

Equalities report 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

What did we aim to achieve?

Our current equality objectives aim to increase the proportion of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups who:

  • apply to join our committees
  • are employed on senior grades (band 7 or above).

How did we get on in 2019 to 2020?

Committee membership

In the annual survey of committee members:

  • the number of respondents from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups has increased each year over the past 4 surveys by 7%
  • between 2019 and 2020, the number of respondents from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups appointed to a committee was a little higher than the amount that applied
  • at the same time, the number of respondents who identified as a gay man appointed to a committee was also a little higher than the number that applied.

Workforce

  • The number of staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in senior roles (band 7 and above) decreased.
  • The total number of disclosed senior black, Asian and minority ethnic groups remained the same.
  • Sexual orientation and gender split staff profiles have remained constant.

What else have we done?

  • We have found potential equality issues in the development of our guidance that could affect different protected groups. This has increased over the past 4 years by 42%. 
  • We have redesigned our lay member recruitment documentation to increase applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
  • We have introduced lay member mentoring support to encourage applications from people who do not have previous experience. 
  • We promote specialist development programmes including the NHS Leadership Academy “Stepping Up” and “Ready Now” programmes. These supports aspiring and current leaders from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
  • We participate in the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES).
  • We are Stonewall Diversity Champions.
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer.
  • We held a series of staff ‘listening events’ to support the development of our new workforce equality objectives and action plan.

Read the full Download the 2019 to 2020 annual equality report (Word).