Call for lay members to join Health Equality and Diversity council

Plans for a new Equality and Diversity Council that will focus on improving quality in the National Health Service, has been announced by the Department of Health. Its key role will be reporting on equality and diversity issues to the NHS Management Board, including championing improvement and campaigning for change.

Lay members are being asked to apply to join the council which will include representatives from patient groups, NHS staff, social care and voluntary organisations and the Council will be chaired by NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson.

In line with the commitments in Lord Darzi’s review “High Quality Care for All” and the NHS Constitution, the Council will provide clear leadership on equality and diversity issues at the highest level. The Council will be a sub committee of the NHS Management Board and will work alongside the National Leadership Council and the National Quality Board to:

- Set the framework to support and encourage NHS staff and organisations to work closely with the communities they serve in the delivery of personalised services;

- Ensure managers are encouraged to consider equality and diversity issues; and

- Champion the involvement of all in the innovation and good practice within the NHS.

The Council will be established in late summer and there will be an appointment process for lay members. The first Council meeting will take place in October.

Phil Hope, Minister with responsibility for equality and diversity said:

”The creation of the Equality and Diversity Council is an important step. It will have a vital role in championing and challenging the NHS to fulfil our shared ambition of high quality care for all. Its work will be critical to the innovation agenda both in terms of our workforce and the services we deliver.”


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