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London Inclusion Solution

Building inclusive workplaces for London's diverse workforce

Consultation on the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard Metrics

Over the past 18 months, NHS England, Disability Rights UK and NHS Employers have led work with a range of stakeholders to develop the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES). The WDES is part of a wider national disability agenda, sitting alongside Disability Confident and the NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme. These initiatives are driving changes in attitudes, increasing employment and career opportunities and implementing long-lasting changes for disabled people.

The workforce is now at a strategically significant stage in the development of the metrics, and is looking for responses to a short survey to inform next steps.  

This survey is intended for you if you are a member (speaking on behalf of the network), lead or Chair of a:  

  • Disabled Staff Network
  • Disabled Union Member Network
  • Other equivalent or similar Network

Your responses will be collated and analysed, and the results and conclusions will form an anonymised report. All responses will be treated confidentially. 

If you would like to discuss the survey, be sent the survey in a different format or prefer to give your responses in another way (for example, by telephone), please contact Christine Rivers. You can also contact Christine if you want to be sent a copy of the final report.

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 07730 380729   

 The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017.  

Bolder and more courageous 

Welcome to RCN London's brand new micro-site for our Inclusion Solution initiative. Here you will be able to find out more about our work and get involved; we're putting practical and creative solutions in one place.

Did you know that more than 100 different languages are spoken in virtually every London borough? From British sign Language (BSL) to Zakkur, our capital city is the most linguistically diverse in the world. Whilst London is a fabulous place not least for the wealth of opportunities it brings, there are aspects that are not so welcome. As Regional Director, I see countless examples of our members being discriminated against [often by their own colleagues] because of age, disability, race, religion, gender or some other characteristic protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Many of our members share their experiences of subtle, covert as well as more obvious bullying and discrimination. They have often felt unable to speak about their experiences, choosing to leave the jobs to find other places of work.

The dynamics of discrimination, exclusion and inequality that lurk in the shadows of organisational cultures and practices are adept at remaining hidden and unspoken about in the workplace. Yet their impact on our working lives can be deadly and destructive.

We believe that it is time to speak up and tackle these issues decisively once and for all. London’s nurses and healthcare support workers deserve much more.

The diversity of the healthcare workforce, not just in terms of its cultural richness, but also in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, faith and belief and other protected characteristics are facts of life to be celebrated. Ultimately though, Inclusion is our choice in ensuring that workplaces provide a safe and supportive environment that enables everyone to perform at their best.

That is why RCN London is creating the space to bring together a wide-range of stakeholders from across the capital who are focussed on how we can make inclusive workplaces a reality for us all.

Titled, the London Inclusion Solution, this regional initiative will facilitate a number of gatherings with a range of people including members, workplace representatives, employers and regulatory bodies in order to focus on how we can make inclusion a reality.

Data from a number of sources shows that levels of inequality in the workforce are rising and our role is to confront this inequality head on to both constructively challenge employers as well as work with them to create sustainable long-term change.

At RCN London we are not wasting any time and started the conversation with a launch event at our regional headquarters on 13 September 2017. The event highlighted the importance of a human-rights based approaches to work around inclusion and set out to remind all involved that inequality and discrimination harm the lives and careers of everyone.

Bernell Bussue, Regional Director

How to get involved

  1. Visit the RCN exhibition: Hidden in Plain Sight: Diversity in Nursing exhibition at the RCN Library until 10 March 2018 
  2. Sign up for one the breakfast teleconferences which will focus on working on solutions - see events tab for details
  3. Share your examples of good practice around developing inclusive workplaces through partnership working: Share Your Story
  4. Share your own experience of inequality and discrimination in the workplace. We want to hear about what you have been through so that we can prevent poor experiences from happening to others: Share Your Story

The Inclusion Solution will focus on creating change in five key areas 

  • Accountability: How employers can be both transparent and held accountable to their words and actions on equality and inclusion
  • Leadership: What we as a community of leaders - from all levels - will commit to invest in and do in the short, medium and long-term
  • Metrics: How we make sure we measure what is meaningful; which boils down to improving all our experiences at work
  • Narrative: Improving how we tell stories and more effectively share the information that shows why this work is important
  • Voice: Ensuring that a wide of range of voices of staff, patients and others across the health and social care sector are heard and acted upon

RCN London Inclusion Solution Presentation

Download the main presentation here

Structuring Human Rights and Leveraging Inclusion


Share your story

Tell us about your experiences of inclusion in London.

Hidden in Plain Sight

11 October 2017 - 10 March 2018

The RCN exhibition celebrating the work and lives of people who have often been overlooked.

Inclusion Solution Sessions

If you would like to book your place at our next session

Email Zoe Jammeh to reserve a spot

21 March 2018, 9am - 1pm

RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, W1G 0RN

Upcoming Events


Inclusion Solution breakfast teleconferences

8.15am - 8.45am

  20 Nov: Persuasive, compelling and evidence-based: Creating a range of narratives that engage

22 Nov: Developing the metrics that matter: Outlining the shape of inclusion for London  

30 Nov: Identifying and supporting London leadership at levels and building accountability across London: Recharging energy and drive  

If you would like to join any of these teleconferences please email Zoe for more details 

What to look out for in 2018

January - Twitter Chat: Inclusive Workplaces