DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE PARAMEDIC PROFESSION
‘ALL THAT I BRING’

Increasing diversity and inclusion within the College and paramedic profession is embedded in the College of Paramedics' 2019/24 Strategy. It is vital that we ensure the voices of paramedics from all backgrounds are heard loud and clear in everything the College of Paramedics engages in. This will ensure diversity and inclusion and the associated messages are front and centre in all College discussions, events and communications. 

Tracy Nicholls, our Chief Executive, is committed to this:

“I recognise that our profession is woefully lacking in diversity, which is unacceptable. I commit to College of Paramedic members that inequality of any description is no longer an option that can be tolerated, and I promise to do better for our profession. We will also actively support organisations who employ paramedics, or use their skills in volunteering, to reflect the professionalism that we & the HCPC expect of those who hold such positions of trust. This will need us to work in partnership even more now than ever before. When we do not get this right, we should expect and welcome challenge. With guidance from our own Diversity Steering Group and other expert national networks we will continue to learn and do our utmost to be better; much better! All of us!"

DIVERSITY STEERING GROUP

Our Diversity Steering Group advise the College on equality, diversity and inclusion issues and focus on the five strands of BME, LGBTQI+, disability, gender equality and socio-economic status, working with universities and employers to increase diversity within the profession.  

Click here for diversity specific blogs.

 

It is important to us, as we grow and develop further, that we are representative of our profession and the public we care for.

Pictured below, College members show their support for the College by wearing their college
lanyards at the London Ambulance Service Black History Month in October 2019...

Pictured left to right - Okezie Ogbulafor (LAS EAC), Abidemi Yusuf (LAS recruitment coordinator)
and Elijah Adesanya (LAS paramedic)

Happily for the College they were happy for us to share this photo with our members as we ask you - how can we support you, our members? please let us know what you want from this page by emailing questions and comments to imogen.carter@collegeofparamedics.co.uk
 

Helpful Links...

Workforce Race Equality Standard

Download the 'English Ambulance Services WRES data 2019' PDF here

Download the 'WRES 10 Things You Can do in Your Organisation' PDF here
 

Getting Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity

Ask better questions, read up, lean into the uncomfortable and just get started - clear advice from Daisy Auger-Dominguez that we can follow in the important drive to increase diversity and inclusion within our profession. Read the article here 

Help and Support

Please visit our Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing page for more information and links to help and support
 

Tweet by Harry de Voil - Equality and Diversity Stats from Ambulance Trusts