We hold the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and all that we stand for – the NHS is a universal service and we are committed to developing a leadership community which is representative of the groups that we serve.

Our inclusion ambitions

At the NHS Leadership Academy, we aim to lead on making inclusion a reality within the NHS. We’ll do this through investment in excellent, knowledgeable and capable leadership.

We know that diversity and inclusion leads to improved health and greater staff and patient experiences of the NHS; and we welcome the challenge of enabling staff from all backgrounds to develop and excel in their roles. From those just starting out to more senior colleagues, we’re here to support every staff member to develop their potential and to promote leadership at every level. We’re playing our part in addressing underrepresentation at senior levels and ensuring that the NHS truly represents our diverse patient population now and into the future.

We aim to achieve these goals by:

  • Making the case for a diverse and inclusive NHS and presenting the evidence to support this
  • Working with the best national and international experts on inclusion to bring cutting edge thinking and innovation into our work
  • Ensuring that our programmes and tools support our aims for inclusion
  • Ensuring that programme participants are increasingly drawn from, and are at the very least appropriately representative of, the diversity of our workforce
  • Continually improving the content of our programmes to ensure that inclusion shows up in relevant and powerful ways
  • Developing our practitioners so they’re best-placed to share learning about inclusion
  • Setting extremely high standards around inclusion when recruiting staff and practitioners, and expecting the same from our partner organisations
  • Bringing challenge to the wider system with regards to leadership for inclusion and being at the forefront of developing new ways to inspire and bring about sustainable change on inclusion through research, practice and engagement

Building Leadership for Inclusion

Building Leadership for Inclusion (BLFI) is a system-wide programme of work which directly responds to the failure of previous leadership approaches in achieving the desired levels of equality, diversity and inclusion for those with protected characteristics across NHS-funded services. BLFI aims to empower and support staff who are women, LGBT, people with disabilities and BAME to lead the changes required. It is a key work stream of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council and is linked to The Workforce Race Equality Standard and the Developing People: Improving Care initiative.

BLFI will begin its work by drawing on the wisdom and experience of leading practitioners in the NHS and beyond, and the people from a variety of backgrounds who have been most negatively impacted by inequality and exclusion, speaking from the perspective of their lived experiences. It will then:

  • Link with national and international experts in the fields of leadership development, diversity, equality, inclusion, organisational and system change
  • Identify and seek to understand the leadership barriers to change and how to remove them

Building an Inclusion Network

The South West Leadership Academy will be launching a new inclusion network, the network will start with a one day event aimed at equality and diversity leads and cultural influencers across the region.

Our intention is to raise the profile of inclusion and start the conversation within the region. The insights of the network will be pivotal in creating a portfolio of programmes designed to overcome inclusion barriers and create opportunities specifically for individuals with protected characteristics.

Please do get in touch if you would like to become part of the network and influence our inclusion work within the region:

Inclusion Offers

Master Class: Regional Offer: Unconscious Bias for Leaders

Learning about unconscious bias has the potential to transform the way leaders manage diverse teams, recruit staff, and engage with patients. But it is only part of the puzzle....

  • Specialisms:
  • Inclusion (I)
  • Primary Care

Short Programme: Inclusive Leadership Programme

Inclusive leadership – with a compassionate approach Almost every day we read about the adverse effect of inequality, prejudice and discrimination and calls for greater fairness, equality and social...

  • Specialisms:
  • Inclusion (I)
  • Primary Care

Programme: Leadership for Improving Frontline Talent (LIFT)

Taking patient care to the next level Are you looking to develop your skills and confidence in leadership? Would you like to inspire more innovation, engagement and effectiveness in...

  • Specialisms:
  • Coaching & Mentoring (CM)
  • Inclusion (I)
  • Organisational Development (OD)
  • Primary Care
  • Systems Leadership (SL)

National Offer: Stepping Up Programme

The Stepping Up programme is a leadership development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care)....

  • Specialisms:
  • Inclusion (I)

National Offer: The Ready Now programme

You’ve worked your way up. You’ve trained, self-improved. You’ve given up your own time. You’ve inspired others and earned respect. You’ve overcome adversity. You’ve proven just how good you are....

  • Specialisms:
  • Inclusion (I)

Inclusion Dates

Inclusion Resources

Application form – Inclusive Leadership

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Application form – Developing Leaders for Talent Management Conversations

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