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Paul Deemer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion
NHS Employers

Paul and his team support employers to integrate diversity and inclusion into their organisational development and workforce strategies. The main vehicles for this are the Partners and Partners Alumni programmes – which are quality improvement, peer support networks involving health and social care organisations committed to developing their capability and competence in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The team also focus on sharing good and best practice and changes in legislation and policy. One of the key activities related to this is the annual NHS Equality Week – held in May each year – which often includes webinars, tweetchats and regional events celebrating the diversity of the health and social care workforce and the benefits that this brings. Paul and his team also develop and maintain links with national equality bodies, representatives from the wider public sector and trade unions. Prior to taking up this role Paul worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. It was whilst working for the charity Barnardo’s that he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager. He then got the opportunity to utilise his experience and knowledge gained in this role when he was seconded into the Department of Health’s equality and diversity team in 2000 to help them develop their national strategy in this area.