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.

We Are All Leaders Now – Spectrum Festival of Leadership and Learning

Registration is now open for the fifth event in Spectrum’s Festival of Leadership & Learning, a series of inspiring, engaging and thought provoking education events led by various forward-thinking advocates, practitioners of change and lived experience voices.

This event, titled We Are All Leaders Now, will be led by Rob Webster CBE, Lead Chief Executive – West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (ICS).

We Are All Leaders Now

Wednesday 13th October

14:30 – 15:30

Rob will focus on the work we need to do to ensure people receive more joined up and integrated care in a post pandemic world where health inequalities are starker than ever. This poses challenges for us as leaders in our organisations and in our systems.

This session will set out practical measures by which leaders can become more effective at all levels using real life examples and personal experiences alongside academic studies. Rob will make the case of how we all need to be system leaders now.

The event flyer can be found here.

To register for this event, click here.

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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!

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – Weekly Q&A drop ins

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – find out more at the weekly drop-in sessions!

What is it?

How can I access it?

What immediate support / treatment / therapy is available for me?


In July and early August the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are presenting (via zoom) a 10 minute overview of the Hub service, followed by a 5 minute Question and Answer Session. No need to sign up or register, the zoom link is given below.


These sessions and the Hub services are open to anyone working in West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and social care organisations, including VCSE.

Tuesday 6th July                 9.30 am

Monday 12th July                9.30 am

Thursday 22nd July            9.30 am

Wednesday 28th July         9.30am

Wednesday 4th August      9.30am

The host will open the zoom link 10 minutes before the start to allow people to log on, so please log in at least a few minutes before the start time.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 871 6283 8436

NHSE&I Retention Masterclass

NHS England and Improvement are running a ‘Retention Masterclass’ on Monday 5th July 2021, 4:00-5:00pm.

The session will be run via MS Teams, is open to colleagues nationwide from across all sectors and will focus on how we can work together to support better retention of our newly qualified nurses but with the appreciation that much of this learning/insight will be applicable to the wider workforce.


The session will be chaired by Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England & Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England and will feature the following speakers:

– Jess Sainsbury and Kendal Andreason, Representatives on the Royal College of Nursing’s Newly Qualified Nurse Forum who will provide some context around what matters to newly qualified nurses.

– Dr Jane Wray, University of Hull, providing an overview of the research findings from the STaR project: Supporting the Transition and Retention of Newly Qualified Nurses.

– Nicola Buckle, Practice Development Matron, Hull Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who will present some of the trust’s work linked to the STaR project and a flavour of what the organisation have been doing more broadly to retain early career nurses.


The event flyer can be accessed here, which contains the link to register for your place.

NE&Y Inclusion Event

Inclusion – Creating the ideal environment for colleagues to disclose their protected characteristics

Are you interested in creating an environment that is based on openness and transparency?

Would you like to share good practice and learning?


If so, NHS England would like to welcome you to their free inclusion event:

Thursday 29th of April 2021

9:30am – 12 noon

This workshop is open to all Health, Care and VSO colleagues with lived experience in the North East and Yorkshire region.

The workshop will stimulate discussion about the environment that we need to create to get our more diverse staff to disclose.

Further information, including how to register for the event, can be found here.