We believe that our people are key to our success. At NEL we employ over 1,300 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 come 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 Commissioning Support Unit 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.