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Diversity & Equality

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Managers in Partnership works to promote diversity and  equality of opportunity for all those employed across our health and care services, and to ensure that staff, suppliers and patients never experience discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, disability, religion, age or sexual orientation. Defending individual members, we regularly represent both those who’ve suffered from discrimination, and those who’ve been accused of discriminating against others.

Individual representation

Health and care staff often experience discrimination at work – including bullying, harassment, and instances of prejudice in the handling of job applications, promotions or the allocation of work. Our network of national officers offer individual representation services to MiP members who believe they’ve suffered from discrimination, helping them to safeguard their rights and to secure redress.

Meanwhile, health and care managers are sometimes accused of discrimination themselves – leading in some cases to disciplinary processes. Our national officers advise and support members facing these allegations, offering guidance and representation as they defend themselves and ensuring that their rights are protected.

Policy and campaigning work

MiP works to raise awareness of, and catalyse action on, the issues around discrimination in our health and care services – producing and disseminating advice and editorial coverage, and engaging with the media. And we play a leading role in relevant policy and employment forums, helping to tackle the institutional, process and structural issues that can lead to discrimination.

Our work on most equalities issues is led by Zoeta Manning: a CCG commissioning manager in the West Midlands, and a former chair – and current vice chair – of MiP’s National Committee. Andy Nichols leads on LGBTQI issues.

Zoeta has played an active role in developing FDA and MiP’s Women into Leadership programme of events and conferences; and she represents MiP in several key committees and forums:

She is a member of the group of Senior BME Influencers established by the NHS Leadership Academy to pursue the Building Leadership for Inclusion agenda. Senior NHS managers still face racial exclusion, marginalisation, harassment, bullying and under-representation – and the Leadership Academy acknowledges that "previous efforts to address inclusion and diversity in the NHS have failed to secure the sustainable change we need". The only union representative in this group, Zoeta works to raise the level of ambition on inclusion; to quicken the pace of change; and to ensure that leaders are equipped to promote and strengthen inclusion.

Zoeta sits on the Governing Council of the Health & Social Care BME Network, an alliance of BME networks and public bodies. Campaigning, scrutinising health providers and supporting the victims of discrimination, this group works both to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, and to ensure that BME people enjoy fair access to health and care services.

She also participates in relevant TUC events, regularly putting motions at the annual Black Workers' Conference and representing MiP at the TUC Women’s Conference. At the 2017 Black Workers’ Conference, she put and spoke to a motion – representing both MiP, and our parent union – calling for the TUC to tackle discrimination in senior public sector appointments.

Finally, Zoeta has been invited by the chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group to join a panel examining equalities issues around the ongoing merger of three West Midlands CCGs, and to produce a set of Equalities Objectives.

There’s more information on MiP’s ongoing equalities work in our Advice & Information section. If you’re an MiP member who needs support regarding discrimination or an accusation of prejudice, then please contact your national officer. And if you’d like to get involved in volunteering on these issues or to contribute to MiP’s policy work, please contact head office.

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If you’ve suffered from – or been accused of – discrimination, then please read the Discrimination & Equality page in our Advice & Information section

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