Inclusive Leadership and the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard: London


We have been working with a great team of people at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust developing an Inclusive Leadership training programme with a difference to help them achieve 3 key aspirations for BME employees. It’s important work that demonstrates their commitment to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES). We’re so proud to be associated with it that we’ve decided together to run a second complimentary (no charge) event on 13 July in London to tell others about what we have been doing.

If WRES is a priority for you, this is an excellent opportunity to experience parts of an innovative, immersive leadership programme, hear directly from the client themselves about why they wanted to take this approach and how it’s working for them, as well as meet up with NHS colleagues facing similar challenges.

The backdrop: a powerful narrative

“The change that we are working towards on workforce race equality is not a change for the sake of change; rather, there are clear moral, legal, financial and quality of patient care cases for change. A growing number of NHS trusts and senior leaders are beginning to understand and act on this important and powerful narrative, using the WRES as a catalyst for change.”

Conclusion and next steps, page 92,
NHS WRES 2017 Data Analysis Report for NHS Trusts,
December 2017

There’s no doubt South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s Board and senior leaders are committed to the narrative described by the latest NHS WRES report. Working closely with the BME Staff Network, the 4-year plan they’ve put in place to improve career opportunities for BME staff, achieve proportionate representation at pay bands 8C and above, and eliminate over representation of BME staff in disciplinary proceedings is clearly focused on achieving significant and lasting positive cultural change.

It’s precisely the kind of challenge we can get behind. That’s why we were excited when South London and Maudsley NHS FT asked for our help to develop an immersive, experiential Inclusive Leadership training and learning development programme for all staff with leadership and managerial responsibilities (c. 800 employees).

We’re proud of what’s been achieved so far, and look forward to using this ‘taster’ event to share our joint experience with others.

The programme

Built around our Inclusive Leadership Framework, the programme blends dramatised scenes delivered by professional actors, a variety of experiential exercises, and high levels of interaction, including electronic polling.

Every session provides a safe and supportive environment to:

  • Bring to life the real-world challenges facing leaders aspiring to create a more inclusive workplace;
  • Explore the need for leaders to develop an inclusive mindset to get the most from a diverse workforce;
  • Present realistic scenarios to raise awareness of and examine potentially detrimental leadership behaviours;
  • Develop practical skills to enable leaders to better manage and leverage diverse talent;
  • Encourage individual responsibility in upholding equality and diversity; and
  • Enable leaders to reflect on their learning and translate it to their own working environments, including action planning for personal change.

The showcase event will demonstrate how we’ve achieved this with extracts from the Inclusive Leadership programme, evaluation results so far, and the chance to talk to some of the people behind the scenes.

Is this for you?

The most recent NHS WRES report says, ‘tackling workforce race equality is not an optional extra.’ For that reason, we believe this showcase should be of interest to senior managers, equality and diversity professionals, and HR and OD professionals at all NHS Trusts.

While not essential, we also recommend potential attendees have an interest in the use of innovative, immersive learning and development approaches, as our drama-based approach to training is different from the norm (though don’t worry, you won’t be asked to act).

To book your free place

The event will take place on Friday 13 July 2018 at 9.45am (for refreshments) with a start time of 10.00am and an end time of 12.30pm. It will be held at The Training Room Hire Company, 70 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB. (Directions PDF)

To reflect the usual delegate learning experience, this ‘taster’ session is limited to 20 participants in total. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and limited to just two from each attending organisation. Click on the Save me a seat button and enter your details to secure your place. (View our Privacy Policy.)

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Any questions, feel free to contact Graham Coleman via email or call 01484 310234.

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(Please note, due to demand and administration costs, there will be a £99 plus VAT charge for cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the event.)