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. Leaders must still develop an array of skills essential to leading diverse teams – skills such as understanding of organisational culture and challenging unacceptable behaviour.

This bespoke masterclass will place the latest thinking on unconscious bias in the context of past approaches to equality, and how leaders can overcome challenges with them. This intervention is critical for leaders to explore and understand their role in modelling fairness and in creating the conditions for more than just organisations.

Target audience

This masterclass is open to all levels of healthcare leadership.

Aims and Objectives

Be more aware of how your leadership maintains the status quo and helps discrimination survive

Understand how you can do more to disrupt and challenge discriminatory behaviours

Understand how you can hold yourself to account for your responsibilities to all your staff

This is an opportunity to explore how you lead in ways that address unfairness

To do this, it is useful to be curious about yourself and to gain more insight into your own behaviours

Leaders have the opportunity to learn and model this learning for others to follow



A former CEO of two youth-focussed charities, Cheryl has worked with brap for over a decade in the delivery of its training and development portfolio. Cheryl is part of brap’s facilitation team and, most recently, assisted with the provision of unconscious bias training for the NHS. In this capacity, she has delivered workshops to over 400 people across 10 different NHS trusts in the last year. Cheryl has also facilitated a number of board development sessions, seminars, and workshops for organisations including Homerton NHS Trust, Tower Hamlets CCG, and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust.


As CEO of brap, Joy has developed new programmes such as Let’s Talk About Race (which helps people overcome some of the paralysis that emerges from fear of ‘race’), and Inclusive Recruitment (a programme that focusses on how bias can interrupt efforts for a fairer recruitment process). Joy’s area of expertise is leadership and organisational development and she applies this lens to the work that brap does with boards and leadership teams. Joy has been the lead on much of our culture change work, and has worked with many organisations (for example: St Georges NHS Trust, East London NHS Trust, and East Cheshire Trust) on their culture change ambitions.

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