28 Mar 2024| Online

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Private Sector

£695 +VAT

Public Sector

£295 +VAT £250* +VAT

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Diversity, Inclusion and the Healthcare Workforce: Attracting, supporting and retaining diverse talent

There is a clear and compelling need to cultivate a more diverse, inclusive Healthcare workforce in the UK. The moral obligation is indisputable, and the legal case is clear. There is also robust evidence demonstrating the benefits of inclusion and equality in the workplace: a more sustainable workforce, improved quality of care for patients, and increased efficiency of services. 

And yet, discrimination remains rife at every stage of the career pipeline. More than 1 in 8 NHS staff reported experiencing discrimination at work in 2020.  The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated inequalities further, and urgent action must now be taken to make meaningful interventions and force tangible progress.  

Join us on Thursday 28 March 2024 for a full day’s online training on attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse Healthcare workforce. Expert speakers will guide you through the current landscape and provide you with the practical tools and insight needed to create your roadmap to a diverse, compassionate, inclusive place of work

Why attend? 
  • Learn how to address the systemic barriers to progress and identify the obstacles to meaningful change
  • Receive coaching and guidance on evaluating your current DE&I strategy and maximising its potential 
  • Adapt your recruitment, selection, and progression practice to advance diversity and realise inclusion 
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting employees from all backgrounds back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and fellow colleagues 
  • Receive on-demand video recordings and speaker presentations for your reference after the event

Click here to view the full agenda

Who should attend? 

Line managers, HR professionals, L&D leads, DE&I managers and senior managers. 

Registration & Pricing

Public Sector rate: 1 Place £295 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £250 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £695 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

For enquiries or to request a booking form, please contact conference.admin@dods-events.com.


Chair's Introduction


The state of the problem: understanding the scale of our workforce inequality challenges

  • An exploration of current diversity challenges and shortcomings
  • Legal rights & responsibilities
  • Covid-19 and its direct effect on equality in the workplace#

SPEAKER: Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers


Addressing the systemic barriers to progress: identifying the obstacles to meaningful change

  • Understanding challenges by staff group
  • Accounting for intersectionality and compounded discrimination

SPEAKER: Dr Nikita Kanani MBE, Award-winning Executive and Leader; Strategic Adviser, Health and Care 


Comfort Break


Leadership priorities: setting the culture of your organisation from the top

  • Leadership visibility, compassion and engagement as crucial mechanisms to drive change
  • The importance of effective leadership and governance in tackling overt discrimination

Fostering inclusion: addressing and mitigating bias at every stage of the career pathway

  • Considering barriers and opportunities across the career pathway, from recruitment through to promotion into senior roles
  • Adapting your recruitment, selection, and progression practice to advance diversity and realise inclusion

Your DE&I strategy: evaluating effectiveness, vision and goals

  • Securing buy-in from across the organisation  
  • Communicating D&I effectively

Lunch Break


Monitoring progress and benchmarking: understanding and identifying patterns of inequality

  • Beyond sector-level analysis: measuring and reporting progress at local and service levels
  • Gathering accurate data and using it effectively
  • Limitations on quantitative data: post-recruitment and exit interviews, staff focus groups and staff networks as additional measures

Best practice case studies

  • Showcasing some of the leading DE&I initiatives across the Healthcare sector and their key learning objectives

Where do we go from here? Key resources for implementing interventions and making tangible progress

  • From governance and accountability to funding and staffing, actionable next steps for your workplace

Chair's Closing Remarks