Care Quality Commission Joint Network Voice
Historically CQC has had multiple equality networks, each focussed on a sub-set of the wider Diversity and Inclusion agenda. Over the last 18 months network chairs identified a need to leverage best practice and create shared goals and objectives, establishing one mechanism to drive fundamental change across CQC in a dynamic and visible way. This team is known as Joint Network Voice (JNV).
Members of JNV have dedicated considerable time, on top of their day job, to create an enduring impact on CQC. Over the last 18 months they have been role models in the organisation, collaborating closely with colleagues in the organisational development team. They have increased engagement levels and drive internal change on agenda items such as; inclusivity of the culture at CQC, improved recruitment practices, cross grade mentoring and support and training to senior staff on the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Their goals and objectives are clear, targeted and relatable to staff across the organisation. The momentum for change they are creating internally will enable CQC to become an example of best practice and in turn allow CQC the platform to drive external change with the organisations it regulates.
JNV are clear that for change to be enduring it needs to be championed by the Leadership and be collaborative. As a result, CQC is the first public sector organisation to give a speaking seat on the Board to a Diversity and Inclusion Network.
We are beginning to see positive effects from the work that JNV are doing. The networks have partnered with each other and with the business, keeping collaboration at the heart of their approach. We are seeing increasing openness, fostering conversations that were once difficult to have and ultimately and championing a dynamism in the leadership of inclusion and diversity.