We believe that our people are key to our success. At NEL we employ over 2000 staff and we work hard to ensure all our people are able to be their best. We invest in the development of our people to enable them to have a great career with NEL and beyond, recognising the benefits that comes from attracting and retaining the best talent to deliver effective services across health and social care.

As an organisation that takes diversity and inclusion seriously we are open in reporting our diversity performance and action plans. We were the first CSU to sign up to NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in 2015, publishing our first baseline report in August 2015. The report provided race equality data on staff employed in the CSU and showed how we were performing against the nine WRES indicators. We have since completed our WRES for 2016-17 which demonstrates our actions for the year ahead and the progress that we are making year on year.

We are a transparent organisation and are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive organisation supporting a culture that accepts, respects and embraces diversity. For this reason, we have launched several staff networks to represent and support our staff who have an interest in the BME, LGBT, staff with disabilities and All Faith and None networks.

Our networks:

Black Minority Ethnic Network (BME)

Our BME Staff Network aims to help us recognise and removes the barriers that BME staff experience. The network seeks to uphold the ethics and principles of the race equality legislation and work, with the support of the CSU towards improving the recruitment, career prospects and opportunities for BME staff.

Watch the highlights from our BME conference on 28th September 2017.

Ability and Inclusion Network (AI)

As a successful organisation, we want to attract and retain a diverse workforce that reflects our local communities. We care about our staff and want to ensure we are providing a safe, positive and inspiring working environment where everybody is supported to achieve their full potential.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies Network (LGBT)

The LGBT Staff and Allies Network exists for staff who consider themselves to be LGBT or who have an interest in the LGBT agenda. We value the contributions of our diverse workforce and want to ensure that all our existing and future staff feel they are treated fairly and with respect.

All Faith and None Network (AFAN)

We recognise that people with different backgrounds, beliefs, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions. The AFAN Network aims to promote mutual respect and understanding of all religions and beliefs, including no faith.