Creating a personal, fair and diverse health and care service

Closed 31 Mar 2013

Opened 28 Feb 2013


Your chance to shape the national strategy for equality, health inequalities and human rights.

Working as part of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC), the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) is inviting a wide range of views to inform the development of the national strategy to promote equality and reduce health inequalities.  The strategy will set out a clear approach, reflective of the values of the NHS Constitution, for promoting equality and tackling health inequalities for all groups across the life course.

This work is led by Professor Steve Field, Deputy Medical Director with responsibility for Health Inequalities, and Paula Vasco-Knight, National Equality Lead. Delivery will be supported through the NHS EDC, which is hosted by the NHS CB and chaired Sir David Nicholson.

About this engagement

To deliver a truly great health and care service for everyone we must focus on the promotion of equality and the reduction of health inequalities.

A transformational national strategy will ensure that reducing health inequalities and promoting equality lies at the heart of the NHS - its values, processes and behaviours. The strategy will support the NHS to embed the values and principles of the NHS Constitution at every level within its structures and processes. It will reflect the needs of a diverse workforce and population and seek the commitment of organisations across health and care.

The survey invites feedback on a number of proposed priorities linked to the following work streams:

  1. Diverse leaders and staff
  2. Listening and learning
  3. Gaining, using and sharing knowledge
  4. Making the system work
  5. Improving lives


The priorities are set out in the ‘creating a personal, fair and diverse health and care service’ survey guide. We recommend that you print this guide and refer to it as you answer the survey questions.

The survey should take you around five to ten minutes to complete.

Next steps

Your input will be used to help shape the development of the national strategy to promote equality, health inequalities and human rights. Our intention is to publish the strategy later this year. The NHS CB is committed to working inclusively and we are seeking the input of a wide range of perspectives and voices. In addition to this online survey, there will be a number of other opportunities and accessible ways to share your views. Engagement opportunities will be promoted through the NHS CB website.

Follow the NHS EDC on twitter @NHS_EDC and use #PFDfuture to share your thoughts and comments.


  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Commissioners
  • Directors of public health
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Health care assistants
  • Healthcare scientists
  • Paramedics
  • Dentists
  • Art therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupation therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Orthopists
  • Prosthesists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Childcare providers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Care-givers
  • Ophthalmic practitioners
  • Responsible officers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Paediatric neuropsychologists
  • Foundation trusts
  • Mental health trusts
  • Community healthcare trusts
  • Tribunal service
  • Strategic clinical networks (SCNs)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Health Education England
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Local Government Association
  • Monitor
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • Health and Wellbeing boards
  • Healthwatch (national and local)
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • NHS Trust Development Authority
  • National directors
  • Regional directors
  • Area Team directors
  • All NHS England Staff
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • DH third sector strategic partners
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Academic/professional institutions
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade unions
  • Deaneries
  • Higher education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Service providers
  • Local authorities
  • Social care providers
  • Patients
  • Carers
  • Service users
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers
  • Information providers
  • Information professionals
  • Informatics professionals


  • Equality and diversity
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • NHS Constitution