We are committed to promoting a fair and inclusive culture, both in in our workplace and in our work overseeing the 10 health and care regulators and the Accredited Registers. As an organisation, we have been reflecting on the issues raised by the recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matters movement. The Authority states clearly and definitively that Black Lives Matter and we support this movement and stand with those who challenge discrimination and racism in all its forms.
We appointed Derek Hooper to assist us in our work. He initially focused on our internal processes and perceptions. He also spoke to the regulators and others about their perceptions of our work and how we can lead work to improve diversity and inclusion in the regulatory field generally.
In summary we want:
- To make sure that, as a workplace, we are inclusive and welcoming for all groups and that our processes and culture do not discriminate
- To make sure that our processes – for example, our review of regulators’ decisions on fitness to practise decisions and our performance reviews – take full account of diversity and inclusion and do not discriminate against people from particular groups
- To make sure that we encourage and assist regulators in their own work on diversity and make our expectations clear.
Derek prepared an action plan for us to consider and submitted it to us in April 2021 and we are in the process of looking at how to implement it. It is clear that we need more help and expertise and are in the process of appointing a project manager to take this work forward - both internally and externally.
We have written to regulators seeking views on a project to better understand racism in the fitness to practise context.
We welcome the views of all involved in the health and social care system, patients, registrants and regulators on our work. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.