NORTH West Ambulance Service chosen to take part in a week of events celebrating equality, diversity and human rights in the NHS.

Following a tough selection process a total of 30 NHS organisations have made it through to be included in this year's programme.

Through the free programme NHS Employers supports participating trusts to build on their performance on diversity and inclusion over a year-long period.

Director of organisational development for NWAS Michael Forrest said: "This is the first year that the Trust has applied for the programme and it's a huge privilege to be selected.

"Being a partner organisation will give the Trust an opportunity to showcase the work that is being carried out and to learn from other organisations to further embed inclusion".

Support will include four interactive modules designed by the partners themselves to help them stay on the cutting edge of policy, as well as providing opportunities to share good practice and network.

The programme is closely aligned with NHS England's 'Equality Delivery System'.

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers, said: "We are delighted at the response this year to our call for applications to the partners programme, in terms of quantity and quality.

"We have heard from a wide range of organisations – by both type and geographical spread – and we look forward to supporting them on good diversity practice within their organisations".

NHS organisations are awarded partner status once they have shown that they are meeting the following criteria:

  • That they are improving patient access services and experience
  • That they have empowered, engaged and well-supported staff;
  • That they have inclusive leadership at all levels
  • That they are delivering better health outcomes for all, including those in underrepresented groups.