Equality and diversity

Our commitment to equality and diversity

The Royal College of Nursing has a strategic commitment to be a world-class champion of diversity, equality and human rights within the health and social care sector.

Whatever your job, and wherever you work, valuing diversity is a crucial part of your role.

To support our work in this area, we undertake a number of specific actions as well as implementing our equality of opportunities policy in recruitment, selection and retention.

We have a corporate strategy on Diversity, Equality and Human Rights. See here for more information.

To support our work in this area, the RCN is also signs up to the following initiatives.

Positive about disabled people

The Royal College of Nursing is committed to the two tick symbol and is positive about disabled people. This symbol appears on all our recruitment advertising. We operate the job interview guarantee scheme which means that the RCN is committed to interview any disabled applicant or employee who meets all the essential criteria of the person specification. We will make any reasonable adjustments for interview and this continues in employment if the applicant is successful.


The RCN is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme which acts as a good practice forum in which employers work with Stonewall, and each other, to promote lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in the workplace.

Dignity- At the heart of everything we do

Our Dignity Charter has been created by staff for staff to promote and encourage positive and supportive behaviour at work. The Dignity Charter sets out the rights, responsibilities of all staff employed by the RCN.

The purpose of the charter is to:

  • create a positive guide to encourage effective working relationships at all levels across the organisation
  • clarify what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate behaviour

The Dignity Charter is actively championed by Dignity Advocates within the RCN.
We currently have a number of employee support groups. These groups function to provide peer support as well as provide the RCN with information on how we can improve our performance on diversity, equality and human rights issues. 

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Staff Network
  • Race and Culture Network for BME Staff
  • Disabled Employee Forum