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Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been named the most inclusive NHS employer for the second year in a row, taking 7th place in the Top 50 list at the Inclusive Awards on December 1, 2022.

Compiled by Inclusive Companies, the list acknowledges and ranks businesses which are most consistent throughout the whole tenure of their organisations and encompass all types of diversity. Now in its seventh year, it has become the definitive cross-industry index harnessing both best practice and innovation with the goal of driving inclusion for all.

The Inclusive Companies top 50 league table shines a light on the most inclusive employers in the UK across all strands of diversity – age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

Sharon Malhi, Chief People Officer at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us improve our listing from last year and colleagues who help make the ROH inclusive for our staff and patients.

“Our staff survey results indicate that the Trust is the among the highest performing Trusts across several categories, with higher-than-average response rates and notably higher rates of morale, job satisfaction and engagement. Importantly, the team feel listened to and empowered to speak up - which is a critical part of building an open and progressive, inclusive culture.”

Feedback from Inclusive companies shone a light on leadership and engagement and reiterated staff survey results: “Results from the staff survey show great impact from leadership in driving change, and also the engagement from employees. ROH have demonstrated improvement from previous year’s and given more information to align with this. They clearly showcase leadership dedication and impact. The community outreach work is impressive and the focus on disability is impactful. Great to see the relationships with diversity focused partnership organisations.”

Founder and CEO of Inclusive Companies, Paul Sesay, is very clear in the intent of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, saying, “The independent advisory panel of Diversity & Inclusion experts review and analyse each and every submission.  They look at ALL areas of diversity, including age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ and religion. Those organisations who have participated submit a great wealth of evidence regarding their inclusive practices, covering a wide range of areas and topics, and it is from this that the experts determine the Top 50 Inclusive employers.”

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List is a national accreditation, acquired by organisations annually who wish to be seen as credible competitors in the field of diversity and inclusion.

The full Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Index can be seen at

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Last Updated: 06-Dec-2022