NHS England

Equality and Health Inequalities Lead

Job description

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition,  although the role advertised may have an ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

An exciting vacancy has become available to work in the National Patient Equalities Team. The Team aims to shape the future of the NHS from an equalities and human rights perspective and to improve the experience, health outcomes and quality of care for all those who use and deliver health and care services.

The post holder will specifically be responsible for:

serving as a Patient Equalities Lead providing a wide range of support, advice and guidance on equalities issues to colleagues within NHS England and NHS Improvement.
supporting the work of the Equality and Diversity Council.
managing the team’s business support function, including developing and managing the team’s annual business plan, progress and dashboard reporting and risk and issue management.
managing business returns, including planning and workforce returns, on behalf of the Patient Equalities Team.
developing and implementing systems to ensure information is properly managed and best practice is shared across the team, Directorate, and the wider NHS organisations as appropriate.
taking a lead in the coordination of equality training across the organisation.
oversight and management of all aspects of the Team’s budgets.
For further information in relation to specific duties and responsibilities, please view the job description, person specification and assignment brief.

This post attracts Inner London Weighting on top of the advertised salary if base is in London.

Vacancy will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via recruitment agencies.

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