We believe that our people are key to our success. At NEL we employ over 2000 staff and we work hard to ensure all our people are able to be their best. We invest in the development of our people to enable them to have a great career with NEL and beyond, recognising the benefits that come from attracting and retaining the best talent to deliver effective services across health and social care.
As an organisation that takes diversity and inclusion seriously we are open in reporting our diversity performance and action plans. We were the first Commissioning Support Unit to sign up to NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in 2015, publishing our first baseline report in August 2015. The report provided race equality data on staff employed in the CSU and showed how we were performing against the nine WRES indicators. We have since completed our WRES for 2016-17 which demonstrates our actions for the year ahead and the progress that we are making year on year.
We are a transparent organisation and are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive organisation supporting a culture that accepts, respects and embraces diversity. For this reason, we have launched several staff networks to represent and support our staff who have an interest in the BME, LGBT, staff with disabilities and All Faith and None.
Black Minority Ethnic Network
Our Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network aims to help us recognise and remove the barriers that BME staff experience. The network seeks to uphold the ethics and principles of the race equality legislation and work, with the support of the CSU towards improving the recruitment, career prospects and opportunities for BME staff.
Disability Wellness Inclusion Network
As a successful organisation, we want to attract and retain a diverse workforce that reflects our local communities. We care about our staff and want to ensure we are providing a safe, positive and inspiring working environment where everybody is supported to achieve their full potential.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies Network
At NEL, we are committed to advancing equality and diversity for all staff. We value the contributions of our diverse workforce and want to ensure that all our existing and future staff feel they are treated fairly and with respect. The LGBT Staff and Allies Network exists for staff who consider themselves to be LGBT or who have an interest in LGBT+ issues.
All Faith and None Network
We recognise that people with different backgrounds, beliefs, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions. The All Faith and None Network aims to promote mutual respect and understanding of all religions and beliefs, including no faith.
Our Gender Pay Gap report 2019 is now available
In line with the Equality Act 2010 Act (Gender Pay Gap Regulations) 2017, we have published our Gender Pay Gap report 2019. All organisations within the United Kingdom with more than 250 employees are required to publish details of their gender pay gap.
Since our last pay gap report, we have focused on inclusive recruitment, ensured that our new talent management and development programme is inclusive and fully representative of our organisation. These efforts have been successful as we have seen a significant drop in our mean gender pay gap from 3.4 per cent to 0.9 per cent and our median from 5.6 per cent to 4 per cent.
Claire Gooday, Our Executive Director of People said, “We still have work to do. Our action plan for the year ahead will build on and maintain our progress, weaving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion through all we do at NEL as we continue to be a partner to the wider health and social care system”.
We will continue to work on closing the gender pay gap. This work will be carried out alongside other activities aimed at improving the experiences of staff across all protected characteristics, and making our organisation truly inclusive.