Our EDI aims
We're clear about our EDI responsibilities as a leading healthcare regulator, and we’re ambitious about what we can achieve when we promote best practice in equality, and work with others to ensure our processes, and the wider sector, are rooted in fairness.
EDI in our strategy
EDI is threaded throughout our Strategy 2020-2025. There are three key roles, and each of them is an opportunity for us to strengthen our approach to EDI:
Regulate: We promote and uphold high standards that state how professionals must comply with equalities and human rights law, and provide person-centred care. We maintain the register of nursing and midwifery professionals eligible to practice by making non-biased decisions about how people go onto or are removed from the register. We step in to investigate on the rare occasions when care goes wrong and will consider how factors such as discrimination and health inequalities affect the context of the cases we investigate.
Support: We proactively support the professionals on our register. Seeking to understand the diversity of the professionals on our register, the students and overseas professionals who are working to be on the register. We aim to strike the right balance between investigating rare cases of poor practice and promoting excellent practice, recognising that excellent practice includes cultural competence and understanding the factors that lead to health inequalities.
Influence: Regulating and supporting our professions puts us in a unique position to influence universally proportionate health and social care systems. Regulating nursing and midwifery professionals gives us the opportunity to be able to identify issues of discrimination across the wider health and care workforce. We work collaboratively with our partners, including seldom-heard and organisations that represent diverse groups to address common concerns and drive improvement across the sector.
Our values have EDI at their core:
- We’re fair: We treat everyone fairly. Fairness is at the heart of our role as a trusted, transparent regulator and employer.
- We’re kind: We act with kindness and in a way that values people, their insights, situations and experiences.
- We’re ambitious: We take pride in our work. We’re open to new ways of working and always aim to do our best for the professionals on our register, the public we serve and each other.
- We’re collaborative: We value our relationships (both within and outside of the NMC) and recognise that we’re at our best when we work well with others
How will we achieve our aims?
We have four strands to our EDI approach – strong leadership, clear policy, effective communication, valuing our people and solid evidence.
We have a dedicated EDI team providing advice and guidance, building relationships, scrutinising our compliance and driving progress. They support colleagues to use EDI tools effectively, such as equality impact assessments.
We have an EDI Leadership Group who are responsible for overseeing improvements in all areas of the organisation. We also have internal employee networks groups who bring colleagues together in a supportive and celebratory way, and provide invaluable insight on issues affecting minority groups.
Externally we collaborate with partners at other regulatory bodies, and experts across healthcare and EDI organisations, to ensure we hear a wide range of voices on the issues that really matter. We work alongside experts to drive forward change across the sector together.
Our equality, diversity and inclusion framework sets out our full delivery plan to help us achieve our strategic aims, and gives more detail about how EDI underpins all our regulatory activities.