NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Diversity and Inclusion

NHSBT wants to be a great place to work and it’s our job to help that happen. We are committed to creating a working environment that is truly inclusive, where employees can be themselves irrespective of their sex, race, religious or philosophical beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership status, age, gender reassignment status and pregnancy and maternity status.

Diversity and Inclusion Board Updates

EDWG Updates

NHSBT’s vision is to strive to achieve world class standards in equality, diversity and inclusion and to ensure that all who use our services or work for us are treated fairly and equally.

The EDWG is responsible for leading on the implementation of this vision via each Directorates and for setting and reviewing actions and progress for all protected groups in legislation against the Single Equality Scheme Indicators (SES).

The primary purpose of the group is to drive the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda forward within NHSBT by setting the strategic direction for equality, diversity and inclusion in line with NHSBT’s values, the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the SES and the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

EDWG Meeting Schedule

The remaining date for 2019 is: 12th December – Oxford, Bill Seeney Conference rooms 1 & 2, 11.00-3.00.

EDWG Updates/Information

EDWG PowerPoint Presentations

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)


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Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

An EIA is a way of finding out whether a current or proposed policy, procedure, strategy or service affects different groups of people in different ways, positively or adversely. 

The EIA helps to ensure that NHSBT is positive about diversity, provides protections against all forms of discrimination for employees and donors. They help to ensure that we consider the needs of people from diverse backgrounds in the design and delivery of services and employment practices and to ensure they can be tailored. 


The aims of the EIA process are to evaluate:

  • The extent of differential impact upon different protected characteristics
  • Whether that impact is adverse or positive
  • If there are alternatives which remove the adverse impact
  • Whether there are measures which can be employed to reduce the adverse impact

EIA Change Programmes - Guidance


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