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Making NHS Digital a fairer and more equal place to work.
Staff networks are staff-led communities of interest that help create a more equal place to work.
NHS Digital has 7 colleague networks.
Our staff-led networks have a critical role to play in making NHS Digital a fairer and more equal place to work, they provide communities of interest in which colleagues can:
empower themselves and each other
help develop and sustain a positive work environment
build a sense of solidarity and community without exclusivity
embed inclusion within the value system
make a positive difference
create a platform for dialogue and consultation on diversity issues, allowing our leadership teams to learn about the real impact of policy and practice
Our networks also support our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 which states that we, as a public body, should constantly strive to eliminate discrimination, hasten the equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people.
Each of our staff networks have an executive sponsor and workforce sponsor. The benefit of the sponsor is to build positive working relationships and organisational reputation by linking directly with network members; visible support and positive role models are vital to achieve an inclusive workplace.
The Ability network champions people with diverse abilities and works to empower people with long-term conditions, disabilities, and neurodiversity in the workplace.
Their activities include:
user testing for websites and digital services
consultancy on policy documents
project developments and the built environment
advice in areas such as interviewing, reasonable adjustments and appropriate language
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies (LGBTQ+)
The network aims to open up and maintain communication channels for colleagues to talk about issues affecting them individually as well as providing a forum for the discussion of broader topics, such as the impact of organisational policies on LGBTQ+ colleagues.