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Staff networks

An introduction to our staff networks and how they make our workplace fairer and more equal.

Our inclusive behaviours and leadership commitment includes the creation, development and sustainability of our six staff networks:

  1. Ability Network - for those with a disability, long term condition and carers  
  2. Ageless Network – for those who choose to work longer or just starting out in their careers
  3. Embrace Network - ethnic minorities broadening racial awareness and cultural exchange
  4. Women’s Network – support and advice on issues that disproportionately affect women at work 
  5. LGBT and Allies Network – for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and their allies 
  6. Multifaith Network – to promote faith awareness and understanding amongst those of religious and non-religious belief in the workplace 

Making NHS Digital a fairer and more equal place to work

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 people 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.

Our equality, diversity and inclusion journey so far:

An infograph illustrating the development of our 6 staff networks from March 2016 through to February 2018

Further information

internal How we support diversity and inclusion

As an organisation, we value and understand differences in our people and use it to innovate. Find out about our objectives and the demographics of our workforce.

Last edited: 6 October 2021 3:32 pm