Narrowing the Gaps to increase the ethnic diversity of senior NHS management in the North West

13 December 2009

Narrowing the Gaps: to increase the ethnic diversity of senior NHS management in the North West

NHS North West have created, in partnership with the Trades Union Congress 2009 Conference, a film that demonstrates how NHS North West is supporting the development of ethnic staff to move into more senior NHS management roles. At present in the North West region, the workforce is made up of over 11% ethnic staff but only 2.5% of these staff are in senior and/or leadership roles.

To increase the workforce diversity NHS organisations need to ensure that gateways and pipelines into the workforce are created which are accessible to all equality communities including ethnicity, disability, gender, etc.

The regional programmes are a pipeline into both the national Breaking Through programmes. By developing, stretching, coaching and mentoring individuals this will enable them to progress within the system supported. Also in terms of workforce modernisation over the last few years the NHS has created new pathways e.g. assistant practitioners and advance practitioners. We have tried to ensure that through these routes we also are widening participation and therefore increasing the ethnic representation of our workforce.

Key speakers within the video include:

  • Dean Royles, Executive Director of Workforce and Education, NHS North West 
  • Shahnaz Ali, Associate Director of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, NHS North West 
  • Kate Calder, Regional Lead, Breaking Through 
  • Mike Farrell, Head of Educational Development, Skills Academy for Health North West

With contributions from the following people and groups for their involvement in the film:

  • Pre-Employment Programme Co-hort provided by Skills for Health Academy North West
  • Suad Buldi, Cadet for Skills Academy for Health North West 
  • Wazir Muhammad, Breaking Through cadet (Regional) 
  • Omar Najim, Breaking Through cadet (National) 
  • Claudette Webster, Assistant Director of Access and Inclusion, NHS Manchester