We started our equality, diversity and inclusion journey in 2018 with the launch of our Diversity Steering Group (DSG) , a group of engaged members with an advisory role to the College, its Board of Trustees, and its new Paramedic and Student Councils, on equality, diversity and inclusion within both the College and the profession.
We launched our vision in 2019 along with our 2019-2024 Strategy.
To inspire and enable all paramedics to participate in the profession within an environment based on safety, collegiality, inclusiveness, mental and physical wellbeing and innovation.
In 2020 our CEO Tracy Nicholls acknowledged that the College had a lot further to travel on our journey to realise our vision, and actions needed to be taken immediately and continue well into the future:
“[W]e do not accurately reflect our profession, and certainly do not fully represent our communities. We need to understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist and to encourage and support those members from BAME backgrounds to take an interest in the College and to put themselves forward when opportunities arise. To have a more diverse representation throughout the College will bring a richness to the future of our profession and will eventually reflect better the communities we serve.”
Tracy Nicholls 29th June 2020
The focus in Tracy’s statement, on people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, was a response to structural racism, highlighted by various events in 2020 and exemplified by the under-representation within the College and the paramedic profession.
This commitment is the fuel for the creation of our first Belonging and Inclusion Strategy. This strategy details the approach and tangible actions that we will take, embedded in the five Strategic Aims of the College: Leadership, Excellence, Membership, Wellbeing and Strength. Due to the impetus to make a significant difference in a short time frame, this is a 12 month action-based strategy. It is designed for ongoing yearly review of achievements and the setting of objectives as we continue along our belonging and inclusion journey.
The purpose of the College is to lead and advance excellence in paramedic practice in the UK. To embed the Belonging and Inclusion Strategy fully into this purpose, the work of the College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group (DSG) will be visible throughout the College, for example they issue a monthly report to the Board of Trustee, have a member sitting on the new Paramedic Council and review drafts of key documents during development. The DSG is now looking to increase its membership and are also committed to increasing the breadth of knowledgeable member engagement, so we are very happy to offer two role opportunities to those with expertise and experience in equality, diversity and inclusion: Diversity Steering Group member and Diversity Strand Group member.