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Band 8b Head of Equality & Inclusion

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Head of Equality and Inclusion will report to and support the Director of Equality and Inclusion to provide strong, professional leadership in quality governance of EDI and risk across the Trust, as well as creating a strong EDI integrated team and supporting a cultural shift to ensure that EDI is seen as everyone's business and that it is explicit in everything that we do. Ensuring that the strategy remains relevant, contemporary, and aligned to core Trust business and strategic plans, you will lead the workforce EDI function Health Inequalities function and Service Equalities/Community Engagement function to support the ambition of the organisation to be an inclusive and diverse employer and deliverer of care.

You will be responsible for integrating, coordinating, and assuring the systems and processes are in place for the delivery of high-quality EDI care and through your leadership of the EDI Strategy.

Key objectives for the post will include:
  • Implementation of a delivery plan for the EDI strategy in line with the Trust corporate objective
  • Developing a fully integrated EDI delivery team
  • Ensuring that EDI is seen as everyone's business and is explicit in everything we do

Main duties of the job

  • Reporting directly to the Director of Equality and Inclusion and acting as a specialist advisor on all issues related to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Supporting the Director of Equality and Inclusion in the delivery of EDI and related work streams, ensuring that the Trust has a compelling overarching ambition for equality and inclusion.
  • Communicating and advising on potentially contentious, highly complex and sensitive equality and inclusion information with primary responsibility for negotiating delivery with key stakeholders in the clinical and Corporate Divisions.
  • Developing robust monitoring, information, and reporting systems to inform improvement plans, track progress and to ensure the Trust meets its statutory reporting obligations relating to ED& I.

About us

BCHC has more than 5000 staff working across Birmingham and the West Midlands in a wide range of community nursing and specialist healthcare roles. BCHC delivers over 100 clinical services, in people's homes, health centres, clinics and inpatient facilities. We deliver a wide range of services for children, young people and families as well as adults and community services, two community hospitals, services for people with learning disabilities, the internationally recognised West Midlands Rehab Centre and one of Europe's leading Dental Hospitals and School of Dentistry. We deliver all of this with a commitment to integrated, personalised care that is rooted in our local communities. We have an ambition to deliver outstanding, integrated care as one of the key NHS providers in the West Midlands.

If you want to 'Be Part of Our Team' and work with a Foundation Trust which is continuously striving for best care and healthy communities, we want to hear from you.

  • Please ensure you check your Trac account regularly as this is how we will communicate with you during the shortlisting and selection process.
  • Please ensure all sections of the application form are completed fully. Please particularly ensure that you provide full details of all referees including business email address, telephone contact details and postal address.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details on the main responsibilities, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master's degree level or equivalent
  • EDI professional qualification/specialist training


  • Leadership and management qualification



  • Extensive experience of delivering, leading and embedding inclusive change initiatives within a large complex organisation
  • Demonstrate experience of managing and developing a diversity & inclusion roadmap focused on achieving measurable and sustainable results
  • Demonstrate experience of managing and developing staff experience initiatives and measuring their impact through recruitment and retention data matrix
  • Experience of leading and advising on equality impact analysis


  • NHS experience in E& D/service delivery



  • Working knowledge of E& D regulatory framework, legislation and best practice
  • Understanding of service planning, redesign activities and prioritisation
  • Knowledge of the factors affecting the health of disadvantaged groups
  • Ability of facilitating group sessions involving participants with a range of complex needs.
  • Proven ability to work independently using own initiative to make key decisions.
  • Have a good understanding of NHS Standards requirements (WRES, WDES, EDS, AIS).
  • Able to apply expert knowledge of equality legislation and best practice in the context of a complex organisation
  • Able to absorb complex information and analyse problems and obstacles and identify potential solutions
  • Able to develop robust and credible action plans.
  • Possess emotional intelligence and highly developed communication skills.
  • Able to work autonomously and deliver a complex workload against agreed timescales.
  • Demonstrable personal credibility and authority to secure support from senior peers and stakeholders.


  • Knowledge of health care services and delivery

Personal Qualities


  • Enthusiastic and proactive approach to improvements and changes in services
  • Comfortable working collaboratively with a wide range of people at different levels of seniority and effective presentation and facilitation.
  • Confident, willingness and positive approach when dealing with colleagues and patients

Other Job Requirements


  • Possess a good understanding of how the Equality Act 2010 works in practice and be committed to ensuring EDI is at the core of working, teaching and learning.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT


Priestley Wharf


B7 4BN

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