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Strength in diversity: maintaining the focus 


NHS Employers' hosted its fifth annual equality and diversity conference, ‘Strength in diversity: maintaining the focus’.

Over 240 delegates attended this popular event, which looked at the need for strong leadership on the equality, diversity and human rights agenda in the context of tighter finances, an ageing population and forthcoming legislation with new duties for the public sector.


The programme featured a variety of leading sector experts; guest speakers; plenary sessions and workshops:

Key note presentations

Professor Robert Like, Director for the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, USA gave a presentation on 'Addressing ethnic and racial disparities through effective cultural competence training and development – A US perspective.'You can download the presentation and view the presentation notes on the equality and diversity latest news page.

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point gave a presentation on 'Doing Things Differently: A Co-Design Approach to Meeting the Equalities and Human Rights Challenge'More details on this key note speech can be found on the equality and diversity latest news page.

John Amaechi, a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) playerJohn Amaechi, a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and the first Briton to have a place in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame gave a motivational speech on 'Unconscious bias and the pursuit of excellence'.



Panel session

An expert panel took questions from the audience on the subject 'Strengthening diversity and maintaining the focus, what does this mean in practice?' Speakers on the panel included:

  • Panel members at the 2010 equality and diversity conferenceLord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive Turning Point
  • Professor Robert Like, Director for the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, USA
  • Oona King, Head of Diversity, Channel 4
  • Sarah Veale, Head, Equality and Employment Rights Department
  • Surinder Sharma, National Director, Equality & Human Rights Group The Department of Health
  • Jon Crockett, Chief Executive Officer, Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust


  • Diversity: what NHS leaders need to do.
  • The case for effective partnerships
  • Managing diversity: monitoring within the law
  • Diversity as a competitive advantage
  • Serving the community
  • Everyone counts: a disability perspective

Product launches

A range of products were launched at the event, including:


"I now have an enhanced knowledge of equality and diversity and have identified areas to consider within our organisation." 2010 attending delegate.

Your feedback from the event is greatly appreciated and will be used to inform future events so that they meet your needs. A positive 80% of delegates stated that they would do something differently as a result of attending the event

If you did not get a chance to provide feedback at the event you can still submit your views by completing an evaluation form.

Event sponsor

Thanks to the Institute for Innovation and Improvement for sponsoring our 2010 equality and diversity event.

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