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We are supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in the region’s General Practice.

All of us working in General Practice are acutely aware that now, more than ever, we need to work hard towards creating and developing a more equal, diverse and inclusive culture. This isn’t just the right thing to do, it will positively impact upon the work we do to support workforce development and more widely the quality of patient care. We have a wonderfully diverse team to support.


We have worked with EDI specialist, Jazz Sehmi, to ensure that we have a work environment where everyone is valued – and feels valued. We want every employee to have a voice and are championed for their unique skills and experience they bring to our team.

We are working hard to attract a diverse workforce and we continue to put inclusion at the forefront of all its policies and procedures.

Read more about our EDI work in our blog

We're actively working with an EDI specialist to understand how we can improve our equality, diversity and inclusion practices internally.

Here's what our board members has to say: 

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Tim Skinner - Director of Finance and Policy

Debbie Allen - GPN Director

Anjla Sharman -  Chair / Associate Postgraduate Dean HEE

Jonathan Smith - Clinical Director- Workforce and Operations Lead


Supporting Derby and Derbyshire’s primary care workforce development

Health Education Derbyshire endeavors to provide inclusive training and learning opportunities and is actively improving access to our services. Our aim is to provide courses that are open to everyone within the Derby and Derbyshire primary care workforce in terms of funding, timing and delivery options. We hope to ensure as many people can attend our events as possible.

We offer a range of training events including e-learning and face-to-face courses, seminars, workshops and events as well as and a range of peer support calls. We enable people to access NHS funding schemes, for individuals and Practices, to ensure as many people as possible can access our opportunities. We also support medical student placements and apprenticeships to ensure that everyone has a route into primary care.

Supporting equality, diversity and inclusion improvements in primary care

Alongside our internal work, we are also looking to understanding the wider EDI culture across Derby primary care providers, through sensitive research and active listening. We seek to ensure that best practice is recognised and shared.

We are eagerly anticipating the results of GP Task Force EDI Fellow, Dr Shehla Imtiaz-Umers comprehensive discrimination survey. We hope these results will provide valuable information about what our colleagues have experienced whilst working in General Practice.

We are also hoping to carry on the great conversations started by our primary care partners GP Task Force, in their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Primary Care webinar. If you didn’t manage to join live, you can watch a recording from the event at: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Primary Care Session. Participants reported that the session was informative and useful, giving practical tips to take back to their day jobs


National Inclusion week 2021 will take place from 27th September until 3rd October. Inclusion week was developed to celebrate everyday inclusion in all forms and is an annual week of workplace activities and events that highlight the importance of inclusion across the UK.  

National Inclusion Week - Inclusive Employers Inclusion and Diversity



We want to smash the stereotypes around medical roles and we are keen to see our real general practice teams. We're asking Derby and Derbyshire's general practice teams to get involved during National Inclusion Week. Simply take some selfies of you or your team, post them on Twitter or LinkedIn with the hashtags #RealTeamGP and #Derby and tell us what you do.


Inclusive Employers

Every year National Inclusion Week has a theme and 2021 is about unity. HED have signed up to be an Inclusive Employer joining thousands of people worldwide as we take action to be #UnitedForInclusion. It's free to sign up and there are lots of resources available to use within your practice, including a fun mini 20 minute workshop (NIW-2021-20-mins-workshop.pdf ( opening up understanding and conversations about inclusivity.


We will be celebrating Black History Month in October and we'd love Derbyshire Primary care teams to get involved. We're looking for volunteers from Black, African and Caribbean backgrounds to share their career histories to celebrate achievements and inspire the future workforce. We'd love to hear other ideas on how we can mark Black History Month too. If you would like to join in or suggest any ideas, please get in touch.

Black History Month - October 2021 :: Health Education Derbyshire

Over the coming weeks and months, look out for opportunities to get involved in focus groups, attend events, or engage in various initiatives where we will be looking to seek your input on a range of different topics.

Should you have any queries regarding this work or would like to be more involved, please do not hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help.


For more details please contact: Jazz Sehmi Interim Head of EDI at HED:

Midlands Celebration of Black History Month Download pdf (1,190.85 KB)