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NHS Long Term Plan Webinar Series

 Increasing Non-Executive Director Diversity in the NHS

TBC July 2021

13:00 - 14:00 BST

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Presenters

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Joan Saddler

Director of Partnerships and Equality

NHS England & Improvement

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Jagtar Singh OBE

Chair

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

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Mark Lam

Chair

Barnet Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust

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Diversity in leadership is important for the future of the NHS, particularly in light of the need to implement the NHS Long Term Plan, which promotes greater integration between staff and expresses the need for transformational change across health services.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is about having best practice in the governance of organisations and better engagement with the staff. For the NHS, this will lead to significant improvements in the standards of care delivered within its institutions. However, EDI is an area that the NHS needs to make significant progress in to reflect the spirit of the equality and diversity legislation and the NHS’ stated ambition to create a more diverse leadership.

This webinar examines the arrangements for the recruitment and appointment of chairs and non executives within the NHS (NHS non-executives include chairs and non-executives). Balanced boards with leaders drawn from diverse backgrounds with diverse skills are more likely to champion patient and staff engagement, and transform the culture of the health service for the benefit of patients.