Director of Equality and Inclusion

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Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Band 9 AFC
Closing date:
22nd August
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
9am Monday 22nd August 2022
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 5th September
Stakeholder meeting & Assessments
w/c 19th September
Final Panel Interviews
Friday 30th September

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Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers community-based healthcare services to the 1.1 million residents of Birmingham and specialist services to 5.5 million people within the wider West Midlands region.

We are one of the largest dedicated providers of NHS community services in the country, with an annual turnover of £328 million. We employ more than 4,500 whole time equivalent staff to deliver the wide range of services we provide, and we operate from over 300 sites across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

We care for people throughout their lives from the new-born and their families to the frail elderly and their carers. Our services are diverse; from health lifestyle services that keep people feeling well to the most complex healthcare for those with highly specialist needs. We provide care in people’s homes and also in clinics and inpatient units across the city. We deliver all of this with a commitment to integrated, personalized care that is rooted in our local communities.

Birmingham is a young and thriving city preparing to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. We serve some of the most deprived communities in the country, as well as some of the most ethnically diverse. The COVID19 pandemic hit hardest those who were already at the greatest disadvantage, reminding us of the importance of tackling inequality and its impact on health and life chances. We know we can only respond fully to the needs of those we serve if we are a truly inclusive organisation for our colleagues.

We know we have not always got things right, but we are committed to making a difference and ensuring that the Trust is an inclusive workplace providing high quality care to our diverse communities. Tackling inequalities to improve health outcomes and life chances is at the heart of our “Best Care: Health Communities” vision and our values: Caring, Open, Responsible, Respectful and Inclusive.

Our new Director of Equality and Inclusion will play a pivotal role in this, enabling the development and delivery of our ambitions in this space and accelerating the progress we have already made by introducing fresh impetus and best practice to our efforts. Part of the senior leadership team, the role will engage both across and outside the Trust, offering an opportunity to make a real impact for our staff and communities. We want to both promote and celebrate our diversity, and this post will ensure it is embedded at the heart of everything we do.

With a track record of driving lasting change in complex organisations, we are looking for someone with a track record of delivering successful EDI interventions and transformation. With the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders at all levels, including patients, service users and the communities we serve, you will be able to bring external insights and evidence based good practice to underpin this transformation. We are looking for someone capable of being a critical friend to the organisation, holding us to account across all aspects of diversity whilst delivering ambitious cultural change to ensure we are inclusive for all.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. 

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Richard Murphy
020 3854 2219
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