Equality and diversity


'Extremely slow' progress on consultants' contract talks

The progress of the consultants’ contract negotiations “remains extremely slow” and has not moved on since last year, a doctors’ trade union has said.


Hospital chain unfairly dismissed director in restructure

A hospital group unfairly dismissed a senior manager as it restructured staff across three trusts, a tribunal has ruled.

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CCG accused of using 'flawed' test to cut spending on elderly

A clinical commissioning group has been accused of blocking potentially eligible patients from receiving continuing healthcare funding under a programme supported by NHS England.

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Exclusive: Regulator tells trusts to set diversity targets

NHS organisations will have to set their own targets for black and minority ethnic representation across leadership teams and the broader workforce in NHS Improvement’s new workforce equality strategy.

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Power flows to the centre in this year's HSJ100

The HSJ100 was launched in 2005. Each year it seeks to rank those who will exercise the greatest influence over the English NHS and health policy during the next 12 months. It is always judged by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced figures in healthcare leadership.

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Hancock calls on NHS leaders to create 'learn not blame' culture

The NHS must develop leaders who will foster a “learn not blame” culture, the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said today.


Ex-NHS chief finds 'bullying and discrimination prevalent' in official review

“Bullying and discrimination” are “prevalent and accepted” in NHS leadership, according to an official review by a former top hospital boss.

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Hancock wants ‘mid career business leaders’ to turn 'NHS trailblazers'

Matt Hancock wants to take “mid career business leaders and turn them into top tier NHS trailblazers”, under plans for health service leadership he is due to announce today.

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Slow progress on gender balance for NHS boards

Achieving an even gender balance on NHS organisations’ boards by 2020 is now a “much harder task” than it was a year ago, as only a quarter of providers have so far met the target.


CCGs split on IVF policy

Eight clinical commissioning groups which were meant to work together under a single accountable officer are split on one of their first major commissioning decisions.

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Government says 'unacceptable' pay gaps must be eliminated by 2028

The NHS has 10 years to boost the diversity of its senior leadership, health minister Stephen Barclay has announced today.

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Gender balanced boards ‘good for safety’

Gender-balanced boards at NHS organisations result in “better care and safer care”, according to the leader of the Health and Care Women’s Leaders Network.

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CCGs asked to pump extra £2m into wheelchair contract

Clinical commissioning groups in Kent are being asked to find at least an extra £2m for a service which is leaving people waiting months for wheelchairs.

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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NHS trusts face widespread vacancies at board level

More than a third of NHS trusts had at least one board level vacancy last year with more than half of directors in post for less than three years, according to new research.

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Gender pay gaps revealed at NHS arm's length bodies

The gender pay gaps at the NHS arm’s length bodies have been revealed in new data published by the government.

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Stevens: Health inequalities will be addressed in new NHS plan

Simon Stevens has said addressing health inequality should be addressed in the upcoming long term plan for health and care.

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Former trust chief ordered to repay £11,000 after conviction

A former hospital chief executive has been ordered to repay around £11,000 to the NHS or go to prison.

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DHSC admits it was wrong to block vaccine compensation

The government has conceded it unlawfully prevented adults from receiving compensation if they developed complications after having a seasonal flu vaccine.

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Trusts urged to take 'just culture' approach to investigations

NHS Improvement has published a “just culture” guide to help NHS trusts make decisions following an incident of patient harm.