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NHS Trust announced top for equality, diversity and inclusion

Our Trust is celebrating coming top of a National Centre for Diversity poll of NHS Trusts.

The National Centre for Diversity recently carried out a survey of 41 NHS organisations at board level. Our Trust were found to be top for understanding and delivering on equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisation. The National Centre for Diversity will also be producing a comprehensive report to support the judgement.   

Jagtar Singh, Chair at our Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to have been ranked top in the National Centre for Diversity poll of NHS Trusts. Through ‘Our People Strategy’, we are embracing diversity and inclusion in everything we do across the Trust. We are building on what we have done so far to enhance diversity in our leadership and embedding in a culture that is inclusive of everyone. For us, diversity and inclusion is core to our culture and it is simply who we are.”

The National Centre for Diversity aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices. Its main goal is to positively influence beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding EDI.  

Along with coming top of the poll, four Trust staff members and the Trust’s BAME (Black Asian Ethnic Minority) Focus Group have been nominated by the National Centre for Diversity for individual honours in the fourth annual National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards 2019:


  • Simon Gilby, Chief Executive

    Nominated for Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Year

  • Jagtar Singh, Chair

    Nominated for Most Inspiring Individual of the Year

  • Rano Bains, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Nominated for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead of the Year

  • Shajeda Ahmed, Associate Director of Workforce & Organisational Development

    Nominated for Board Member/Director of the Year

  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust BAME Focus Group

    Most Innovative EDI Initiative of the Year Award


Jagtar, speaking about the nominations, said: “On behalf of myself and my three colleagues, Rano Bains, Shajeda Ahmed and Simon Gilby, I would like to thank the National Centre for Diversity for this special recognition. To be nominated for such prestigious awards is both an honour and privilege. I wish my colleagues and others nominated in the categories the very best of luck.”

The winners in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony which will be taking place in London on Thursday 17 January 2019.

To find out more about Equality and Diversity at the Trust, visit www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/equality-and-diversity


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