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.

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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Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme

Making personalised care happen calls for new types of leaders who can work across orgaisational boundaries, make connections and bring staff, people and communities together to drive change.

There is currently the opportunity for colleagues to join the Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programme, co-delivered by national experts, many of whom have lived experience and a long history of leading change. This programme is free of charge and applications are invited from teams and individuals across the NHS, Councils and the Voluntary sector (VCSE).

Further infromation can be found on the event poster here.

Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th September.

Further infromation on cohort dates can be found here.

Leadership courses available for VCSE colleagues

There are currently 2 free courses available from the Open University Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL).

The first course focusses on developing leadership practice in voluntary sector organisations and the second on collaborative leadership in voluntary sector organisations specifically. More information on these courses can be found here.

These courses are totally free, online and can be completed at the learners own pace.

The FutureNHS Collaobration are also facilitating a series of ‘learning clubs’ for groups and organisations who want to learn together, and have also supported others to develop their own learning clubs in local communities and places to help share practice and knowledge across organisations.

If you would like to chat about these courses, please get in touch with the CVSL at or contact David Haslam directly at