Department of Health and Social Care: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many members of staff in their Department have one or more of the words equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race in their job title.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department is committed to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), with a strategy which aims to create an inclusive culture where difference is valued, diversity is harnessed, and everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their potential.

Within the Department we have 10 posts which have either ‘equality, diversity or inclusion, gender, LGBT or race’ in the job title. Seven of these roles are within Human Resources and the remaining are in the different business areas.

Within the Department, there are also five posts with ‘inequalities’ in the job title and two posts with ‘neurodiversity’ in the job title.

In addition to this, we have visible Senior D&I Champions in place and their role includes sponsorship and aligning priorities and forward plans with staff networks, such as the Equality Matters network for race and PRISM network for LGBT+ matters. The Departmental Champions works with other Civil Service D&I Champions to push forward the diversity and inclusion agenda across the Civil Service. In the Department, Champion roles include a LGBT+ Champion and Race Champion as well as Champions for other protected characteristics.

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