Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Voluntary Role Opportunities   

Employer: College of Paramedics

 

Interviews, should they be needed: w/c 26th April 2021 utilising a virtual meeting platform
Closing date: 23:59 on the 11th April 2021
Salary Range: Voluntary position

Would you like to get involved in developing the work of the College of Paramedics to support inclusivity within the profession, the College and our membership?

The purpose of the College is to lead and advance excellence in paramedic practice in the UK. To fulfil this purpose, it is necessary to promote belonging and inclusive practice through everything that we do. We want to increase our understanding and engagement with members in order to provide an organisation and a profession where diversity, in all of its forms, is appreciated, celebrated and embraced, regardless of background or identity.

The College of Paramedics Diversity Steering Group (DSG) is looking to increase its membership and we 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 EDI, Diversity Steering Group member and Diversity Strand Group member.

The purpose of the DSG is to provide an advisory role to the College, its Board of Trustees, and its new Paramedic and Student Councils, on EDI within both the College and the profession.

This includes supporting the College to put its Belonging and Inclusion Strategy into action over the next 12 months and in the longer term. The Belonging and Inclusion Strategy 2021 can be found here. To read more about the strategy's launch, click here.

The Group is also looking to increase its focus on the following strands: black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disability (including long term conditions), socio-economic disparity, and gender equality. We currently have a lead, for each of these strands, within the DSG, and are looking to build the strand groups as part of this recruitment. Out of these strand groups will come several areas of work, such as, addressing points raised in the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES), facilitating the setting up of support groups and networks, and working with other relevant organisations and stakeholders.

Diversity Steering Group member role (6 positions)

This role is open to members of the College of Paramedics who have expertise and experience in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the paramedic profession or wider healthcare provision. The role requires a broad understanding of the national context of EDI issues along with an awareness of the barriers to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion specific to the profession such as recruitment, retention and progression.

Your role on this Steering Group would be undertaken in a voluntary capacity, although expenses incurred as part of your role can be claimed under the College of Paramedics Expenses Policy. The time commitment would include regular (monthly) virtual meetings and be dependent upon the work needed on any specific project at a given time but will always be split appropriately between members of the group. As a member of the DSG you have the opportunity to be part of one of the strand groups.

Diversity strand group role (5 positions per strand)

This role is open to members of the College of Paramedics who have particular expertise and experience in one or more of the following strands: black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disability (including long term conditions), socio-economic disparity, and gender equality.

Your role on a strand group would be undertaken in a voluntary capacity, although expenses incurred as part of your role can be claimed under the College of Paramedics Expenses Policy. The time commitment would include regular virtual meetings and be dependent upon the work needed on any specific project at a given time but will always be split appropriately between members of the group. You can apply for more than one strand group if you have the relevant expertise and experience.

Anyone wanting to know more about these roles should contact Imogen Carter, Executive Officer, on 07834770169 or email imogen.carter@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

The application process for these roles is by completion of an Application Form which contains two sections. Section 1 is solely for equality monitoring purposes and will not be seen by the shortlisting panel. Section 2 is your opportunity to tell us about your employment and voluntary history, your qualifications, and any other relevant activities. This section also includes a request for a 500 word supporting statement to outline how your knowledge, skills and experience will be of benefit to you in the role. Unfortunately, there is not the ability to save the form mid-completion for finalising at a later date, so please have all necessary information (outlined above) ready before commencing.

Click here for the Application Form.