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NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Partners

The Equality and Diversity Partners programme was set up in 2009 to support participating trusts to progress and develop their equality performance and to build capacity. The programme also provides an opportunity for Partners to offer advice, guidance and demonstrations of good practice in equality and diversity management to the wider NHS.

Southend Hospital is very pleased to have been awarded Equality and Diversity partner status for 2015/16, for the second year running. 

Organisations are awarded partner status after they have demonstrated that they are delivering against five measurable criteria: 

  • improving patient access and experience
  • empowered, engaged and well-supported staff
  • inclusive leadership at all levels
  • better health outcomes for all
  • demonstration of commitment to the partners programme and benefits the organisation will receive from taking part. 

We plan to use our Partner status to learn from other high performing organisations and to implement best practice and innovative solutions to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for patients, service users and staff.

For more information on the Equality and Diversity Partners, please go to the NHS Employers website.