On 1st September 2021, Community Dental Services became members of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.
As a network of over 330 UK based organisations along with 34 global organisations, the enei offers practical advice and support to Members and clients on a wide range of topics.
Ben Browning-White, OD, Development and Inclusion Lead is pleased CDS has joined the network which holds a vast range of knowledge and experience about this important topic: “We will be able to utilise a very large pool of resources, expertise and of course, examples of best practice. We are in the early stages of our EDI journey and the enei will be a great external guide to us as we shape our EDI strategy.
We set up our EDI Forum earlier this year to provide a safe space for employees to be able to share experiences, examples and feedback in a confidential setting. Our initial Forum meetings have highlighted two core areas of focus for the immediate future, firstly the gathering of up to date and accurate data about EDI at CDS, as well as the quality, effectiveness and frequency of our EDI training. It’s always important to consider an external perspective and the enei are well placed to do this; it will be great to gain an insight into the work being done within other healthcare organisations and beyond.”.
Looking to the future of CDS being members of the enei, Ben is optimistic that employees will reap the positive benefits: “Overall there will be greater awareness and understanding about EDI matters, initially with the training programme we are arranging. In the longer term we will see EDI being embedded even further and deeper across CDS, looking at what we do and how we do it and the impact of these from an EDI perspective – this will of course be discussed within the EDI and other employee Forums; our relationship with the enei will be invaluable in gaining that important external guidance.”.