We are dedicated to integrating principles and best practices of equality, diversity, and inclusion (sometimes known as EDI) into every aspect of our work.
Our Director of Inclusion, Dr Natalie Darko who leads our Public Involvement team, specialises in health research and practice that addresses equality, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented and minority groups.
Meanwhile our Data Innovation for Multiple Long-Term Health Conditions and Ethnic Health theme, seeks to drive innovation in understanding the impact of ethnicity and multiple long term health conditions, including what that looks like in younger populations, on how long people live, and their quality of life.
We are dedicated to developing and implementing an inclusive approach that fosters inclusivity across all aspects of our practice, public involvement and capacity development.
You can read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2022 – 2027 here.
Central to our principle is a commitment to:
- Increasing inclusivity in access to research opportunities, public involvement opportunities, research careers, and promoting diversity in research involvement
- Offer public involvement opportunities that are accessible and reach people and groups according to research needs
Our overarching goal is to cultivate a research environment that embraces inclusivity, nurtures personal and professional growth, and facilitates the advancement of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Furthermore, we are unwavering in our commitment to:
Collect and analyse diversity data for both our workforce and research participants
This data-driven approach enables us to better understand and address any disparities, ensuring that our strategies effectively promote equity and remove barriers to create inclusive research –
By embodying this operating principle for inclusion, we aim to foster an environment where all individuals can fully participate, thrive, and contribute to biomedical research, regardless of their background or identity.
You can read more about the NIHR’s commitment to equality, diversity & inclusion on their website. Click here to visit it.