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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Our commitments to creating a more inclusive workforce and guidance on challenging discrimination

Diversity is one of the greatest strengths of our profession.

We're committed to making equity and inclusion an everyday reality for all our members. This means disrupting patterns of inequality and discrimination wherever we find them.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Our strategy lays out the actions we're committed to taking over the next 5 years to encourage greater inclusion, representation of diversity, and equitable support for our members across the UK.
Taking action

How we're setting standards for equity, diversity and inclusion

Meeting the recommendations of two independent reviews

In 2021, we commissioned two independent reviews into the culture and governance of our College. Their aim was to spot and address cultural and organisational issues holding us back from being the truly representative and trusted organisation our members and staff deserve. We're committed to meeting all equity, diversity and inclusion recommendations raised through these reviews. Read about our progress so far.

Gender and nursing as a profession

Read our report highlighting how nursing is undervalued in status and pay because most nurses are women.

Closing the gender pay gap

Read our report outlining our own statistics as an employer on the gender pay gap. 

How inclusion can improve care 

When individuals or groups are excluded from society, there is often a direct impact on their health. At the same time, certain illnesses or disabilities can also lead to people being excluded. Our inclusion health care guidance can be used to make services more inclusive and help break down the barriers people face when accessing care. 

Illustrations of nursing staff

What to do if you're being discriminated against at work

It’s unlawful to discriminate against someone because of a protected characteristic, such as age, race or sex. We have a range of resources which can help you if you feel you are being discriminated against at work. 

Discrimination advice guide

Read our guidance on protected characteristics, types of discrimination and what you should do if you feel you are being discriminated against at work. 

Discrimination: equal pay advice guide

Find out what to do if you think you are not receiving equal pay due to your sex or another protected characteristic, such as age or race. 

Discrimination: disability advice guide

Find guidance on disclosing disability to your employer, types of disability discrimination and what to do if you are being discriminated against. 

Celebrating equity, diversity and inclusion 

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Black History Month

October is Black History Month — an opportunity to celebrate the continuing contribution that Black, Asian and minority ethnic nurses, health care support workers and students have made to the art and science of nursing. 

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Pride in nursing

#PrideInNursing is all about celebrating diversity, equality and inclusion in nursing and our commitment to support LGBTQ+ members and our wider membership to support their LGBTQ+ colleagues. 

Supporting you at work

Immigration advice

Get free, confidential support and assistance for members on immigration issues. 

Peer support services

Join our network for members with lived experience of disability and/or neurodiversity.

Disability coaching

Access coaching for members on disability related issues that may impact upon your career.