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Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

In 2020, SOM launched this Task Force, reporting to the Board. It is chaired by Dr Sheetal Chavda. Emma Persand is vice chair.

The Task Force has produced an inclusion directory (on the members website), written blogs, contributed to this factsheet, and carried out unconscious bias training for Board members. Discussions have occurred across SOM key groups on this issue, including Regional Groups (watch our Inclusion in OH Regional Group presentation here). Links have been made with a number of organisations such as the BMA, the Professional Standards Authority, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the RCN and the King's Fund. Presentations have occurred at a PHE/SOM webinar, and a number of national conferences. As an organisation, SOM has carried out a self-assessment to ensure inclusion of our diverse membership in all services and activities. Leadership opportunities have also been offered to members of the group.

SOM's Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is here. SOM also highlights National Inclusion Week every year and has established a new award in diversity and inclusion as part of the SOM awards. SOM's Podcast series has an episode dedicated to diversity and inclusion as an occupational health issue.

Trustees welcomed progress over the first year at its September 2021 Board meeting. The Board agreed with the suggestion to additionally focus on the menopause and lent its support to the Menopause (Support and Services) Bill, which will legislate to promote menopause rights, entitlement and education.

Further resources

Do take a look at:

Occupational risk from COVID-19 and supporting ethnic minority workers - Occupational Medicine article by Dr Sheetal Chavda

Draft inclusion directory for comment