We’ve published two new plans that set out actions we’re taking to support our staff and become a more inclusive organisation.
Our Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) data provide analysis of how we’re doing in terms of supporting black and minority ethnic (BME) and colleagues with disabilities.
With BME staff making up 55 per cent of our Workforce, and 4 per cent declaring disabilities, it’s essential we take evidence-based action to close gaps and improve staff experience and representation.
While there are some positives in our 2022 data compared to the previous year, we have much to do to improve the experiences of BME and colleagues with disabilities and long term conditions.
This year’s data shows BME staff are still underrepresented at board and that they and our staff with disabilities and long-term conditions continue to have a poorer experience.
Similarly, fewer BME staff and those living with disabilities believe we offer equal opportunities for career progression compared to the rest of the workforce.
And staff living with disabilities and long-term condition remain underrepresented, with low levels of disclosure and adequate reasonable adjustments.
Sara Najjuma, Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (above), said: “This year’s WRES and WDES data is not where we would like it to be, but they provide the foundation for us to drive change and become a model employer.
“The data shows that campaigns such as Better Together and The Future is Visible have made a positive impact this year and we will build on their success.”
“We will also continue working with neighbouring Trusts in east London to harness our collective expertise and improve EDI initiatives.”
Our new Chief People Officer, Janine La Rosa, who joins our Trust this month, will bring a wealth of leadership experience and expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion.
Currently Strategic Head of Equality and Inclusion for NHS London, Janine has led culture transformation in large, complex organisations, and was Diversity Lead for Sky, responsible for ensuring the broadcast company represented the UK.
You can read our WRES and WDES action plans on the Equality and Diversity page of our website.