Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Pledge for Wakefield District HCP

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on the inequalities in our society. This was evident from the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Our new EDI Pledge for Wakefield District Health & Care Partnership (HCP) has been developed over time through a collaborative approach across the partnership. We are now very pleased to share the pledge with everyone, which has been signed by the leaders of 15 partner organisations, showing our collective commitment to put the pledge into action.

Our Wakefield District HCP EDI group is now considering how to take these important conversations forward, fulfilling the four commitments contained in the EDI pledge and building on the six themes identified through the EDI Summit held in 2021. We want to support all our workforce to develop their skills and confidence to take meaningful action, and to understand the ways in which we can all contribute to further developing a workforce culture we are all proud to be a part of.

The EDI group is part of our HR network, which manages our collaborative People Plan. The EDI group works together to identify and promote best practice and shared improvements to wide ranging issues.

Further information on our EDI Pledge and People Plan can be found here.

Islamophobia Awareness Month

November is Islamophobia Awareness Week and this year the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are running a campaign called ‘Positive about Islam and Muslims’.

Islamophobia is defined by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) as “a predjudice, aversion, hostility or hatred towards Muslims” and by the Muslim Council of Britain as “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” This racism is centred on negative feelings towards Muslims and can be expressed through discrimination against Muslims, stereotyping of Muslim communities, distorted media coverage, negative social media messaging and even hate crimes.

Further information and resources relating to Islamophobia Awareness Month can be found here and the MEND website can be accessed here.

WY&H Health and Care Partnership – Positive About Islam Campaign:

Our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are proud of the diversity of our workforce and communities and strongly believe in the fairness of all. During Islamophobia Awareness Week, the Partnership are showing how we are positive about Islam and the contributions which followers of the faith make to society, challenging stereotypes and tackling myths about Islam and Muslims.

As part of this, resources and facts about Islam are shared on their webpage here and on their Twitter account @WYHPartnership.

The Partnership have also produced a series of blogs, written by Muslim colleagues working in health and care in West Yorkshire, reflecting their experiences as Muslims. These blogs can be accessed here.

No one should live in fear of safely practicing their faith and we will not accept any forms of discrimination.

Reporting incidents of Islamophobia or hate crimes:

If you do witness any incidents you can report them to West Yorkshire Police. In an emergency call 999, if it is not an emergency you can call on 101 or complete an online hate crime reporting form.

If you would rather not speak to a Police Officer you can:

Contact Stop Hate UK (or use their free reporting App)

Contact True Vision

Contact Tell MAMA for Islamophic hate crimes or hate incidents

Contact Community Security Trust (CST) for anti-Semitic hate crimes or hate incidents

– Contact one of the Hate Incident Reporting Centres provided by Wakefield Council

Men’s Health Week Sessions

We are now in Movember which is traditionally the month where we raise awareness of men’s health issues and Humber, Coast and Vale have a fantastic programme of events running throughout the week commencing on Monday 8th November. These events have kindly been opened to colleagues across North East and Yorkshire.

Here are some highlights:

Men’s sleep issues – (Monday 8th Nov 12-1pm and Friday 12th 2-3pm) – do you or your male partner have difficulty sleeping? Snoring, sleep apnea, frequent interruptions to go to the toilet? If so, this session is for you and the man in your life.

Gareth Thomas, Welsh Rugby Player – (Tuesday 9th Nov 2-3pm) – talking about LGBTQ+ equality, mental health and tackling stigma around HIV.

Q&A session with Dr Alex George – (Monday 8th Nov 10:30-11:30am) – Alex works in A&E as an emergency doctor and has become a well-known and respected healthcare professional in the UK and will be talking to us about men’s mental health and answer some your questions.

Men’s Mental Health with Dr Alex George – Friday 12th Nov 10:30-11:30am – Additional sessions looking at men’s mental health.

Veterans support – Thursday 11th November – There are specific sessions on Thursday for veterans to coincide with Remembrance Day.

There are also sessions during the week focusing on cancer, blood pressure, nutrition and exercise.

These sessions are open to all staff across North East and Yorkshire including male and female colleagues, their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers, friends…

Please book your place using this link: Booking for Men’s Health Sessions

Wakefield Equality First Event

On October 21st, the Wakefield First team are hosting a live seminar event covering Equality & Diversity, with key speaker Aaron Casserly Stewart.

Aaron is a jazz vocalist, producer, manager, activist and former singer with the three-time Grammy Award winning group the ‘Sounds of Blackness’. Amongst other accomplishments and commitments, he is also the Chair of the Black Lives Matter Leeds, Vice Chair of Leeds Conservatoire, Relationship Manager at Black Lives in Music and Guest Lecturer at the University of Bolton.

Wednesday 20th October 2021

10:00am – 12:00pm

The Hepworth, Wakefield, WF1 5AW

Further information can be found here.

Wakefield Council are looking to actively promote, support, nurture and encourage equality and diversity for businesses within our district and this event will support this vision. Workforces should be inclusive and provide opportunities for all in terms of race, religion, gender, age, orientation and even, education.

Register your place for free here.

‘Connected on Inclusion’ week of events

The West Yorkshire and harrogate Race Equality Network are hosting a series of events between the 4th and 8th of October 2021 around the theme of ‘Connected on Inclusion’.

Launching on Monday 4 of October 2021, the network is hosting various events that seek to connect us further on inclusion and celebrate the huge achievements in race equality made across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Sessions planned throughout the week will be led by keynote speakers and guests including Rob Webster CBE, Chief Executive of the WY&H Health and Care Partnership, and Michael West CBE, King’s Fund and Professor at Lancaster University.

Other guests also include Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council; Dr Habib Naqvi Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory; Jenni Douglas-Todd, Director of Equality and Inclusion at NHS England and Nadine Pemberton all the way from St Lucia. As a previous Executive Director of Legal for Social Work England and current consultant coach and mentor, Nadine will be sharing her brave leadership journey.

You can register for the event here by Monday 27th September and book on to the days and workshops you would like to attend.

Further information can be found here.



Wakefield EDI Summit – 30th September

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Summit
Thursday 30th September


As health, social care, community and housing services continue to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we work together to build an inclusive workforce and tackle inequality across the Wakefield District.

If you’re passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and want to be part of our conversation, come along to our FREE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Summit on 30th September! 

Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership

This FREE online event has been developed on behalf of the Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership HR Directors Network, a network of health, social care, voluntary and community sector and housing organisations that are passionate about equality and diversity. Together, we’re reaching out to our staff to spark conversations around inclusivity and explore how we can do more to tackle inequalities in the workplace.

Click here to view the event poster and click here to view the agenda.

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

Join our Wakefield Summit for some fantastic keynote speakers and get involved with workshops discussing key EDI issues, including:

Building a more inclusive workplace

Reflecting BAME experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Inclusive Recruitment

Trans Inclusion

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

You can book your place here.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues and look out for your event Invite soon!