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National Inclusion Week

Monday 23rd September, 2019

We are marking National Inclusion Week - a unique opportunity to get connected to, learn from and engage with people from all walks of life, in our workplaces and beyond.

This week, our staff are taking part in a full schedule of workplace activities and events that highlight the importance of inclusion. This year our sessions include cultural intelligence, deaf awareness, values-based recruitment, modern slavery awareness and much more.

Nicky Cambridge, new in post as the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Sussex and East Surrey CCGs, said:

“Inclusion Week enables us to think about inclusion in the workforce, as well consider the way in which we commission and deliver services to our diverse populations. This is critical both in terms of accessibility to local health and care services and to creating working environments where everyone feels valued.”

During Inclusion Week, our CCGs will also be talking about our Inclusion Plan – an ambitious but essential commitment to make sure we can all thrive in the workplace as part of a compassionate and inclusive working culture.

A big part of developing a workplace with a positive focus on equality and diversity in the past year has been the emergence of the CCGs’ Staff Equality Network – led by a passionate group of staff members and executive leads. As this network develops, so do the individual staff community groups, such as the new LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual plus) staff network and the BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff network.

Nicky added:

“Diversity is about recognising and valuing differences through inclusion. If you do one thing this Inclusion Week, step up as an ally today: remember the stereotypes and assumptions people face every day, and think of one thing you can do in your daily life to make a difference.”

But Inclusion Week is not just about the CCGs - it’s a partnership with other local organisations, which builds on the success of previous years. For 2019, we are continuing to partner with East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Healthcare Trust and are also welcoming staff across the Sussex Health and Care Partnership to participate.

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT