Better Care

Equality and diversity review

Demonstrating a commitment to equality and diversity is a priority for BCHC, both in terms of employment, access to opportunity and in delivering high quality services that support and sustain healthy communities.

As part of the drive to encourage and facilitate participation from all, we have launched colleague engagement networks focussing on, respectively, issues pertinent to women; people of black and minority ethnic (BME) heritage; and disability and neuro-diversity. Any colleague is welcome to participate in any or all of these networks. 

An action plan designed to assure equality of opportunity and diversity of representation across the organisation is in advanced stages of preparation.

Part of the executive team's response to staff feedback has been to commission an external review examining in detail our processes and priorities monitoring and maintaining equality and diversity and our representation profile across different job roles and levels of seniority.

Disability and Neurodiversity Equality Review

Ahead of sharing the finalised equality and diversity action plan with colleagues, we have already made three changes to help create greater equality of access to opportunities:

  • all 'acting up', development and secondment opportunities will be made available to all staff;
  • there will be a guaranteed interview for any BME staff meeting the criteria for posts 8a and above.
  • no interview panel for posts 8a and above will be made up solely of people of a single gender or single ethnicity.

BCHC fully supports the aims and objectives of the NHS England Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff network -  that, in order for every individual to reach their full potential, there must be no fear of discrimination or prejudice and the belief that career opportunities or experience of work are not pre-determined by ethnicity, nationality or colour.