North West Trainee Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network



Who are we?

The Trainee Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Network are a group of medical, dental and public health trainees in the North West region, with support from local consultants and other healthcare professionals.


Our vision

We envisage that the North West will be the most inclusive region in which to train. Every trainee will feel valued for their whole selves, whilst being supported to meet their personal and professional goals in a community in which they feel a sense of belonging.



What is the EDI Strategic Oversight Group?

The Oversight Group is made up of a number of trainees who lead on the implementation of the strategy. The strategy and terms of membership for the Oversight Group can be found in the documents below. New members are recruited to the Oversight Group each year.


What is the EDI Network?

Network members are trainees, consultants and other healthcare professionals in the North West who are passionate about improving inclusivity within the North West training programmes. Members of the Network contribute to one of our EDI workstreams listed below. Each workstream feeds into the overall mission in its own way.


What are the different workstreams I can get involved in?


QI Delivery Group

Do you have an idea to improve equality, diversity and inclusion practices in your trust or the wider training network? Do you have an idea on how to improve access to health services for patients? This group is co-led by Mrs Clare Inkster (Associate Dean) and Dr Gursh Johal (Psychiatry ACF ST3) who will teach, mentor and guide you through the process of implementing a QI project. There will be an opportunity to share your work at the QI Project Conference at the end of each academic year. If you don’t have a particular idea in mind, you can still join the group and help out with an existing project. You can find an example QI project charter template below.


Examples of QI projects submitted for 2020/21: 

  • Developing webpages for the EDI group!
  • Developing a buddy scheme for new international medical graduate trainees within GP and Psychiatry training. GP 'Buddy' Scheme NW - Toni Frgacic
  • Delivering bystander apathy training to empower trainees to speak up when they witness inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.
  • Delivering a trainee-led Equality, Diversity and Inclusion study day for Anaesthetic trainees.
  • Developing a scheme to support deaf trainees.


EDI Peer Support Network

We are in the process of developing a Peer Support Network. This is a group of trainees with their own personal experiences and characteristics who have volunteered to be contacted by other trainees for informal advice around specific issues related to training. We are in the process of updating the members of the Peer Support Network and details of how to contact them will soon be available in the documents below. We are developing a formal website for the Peer Support Network which will list useful links and documents in addition to the members contact details.


EDI Educator Development Group

The Educator Development Group is dedicated to producing and delivering workshops to trainees, supervisors and medical educators based on trainees’ experiences and how to dismantle the barriers faced by trainees. Workshops often include a trainee talking about their own personal experience as well as discussions around unconscious bias and action planning.


EDI Research Group

The Research Group is led by Dr Mumtaz Patel (Associate Dean and Royal College of Physicians Global Vice President) who will guide you through leading your own EDI research project. If you do not feel ready to take on your own research project, you can assist another member while developing your own research skills.


Support for People Experiencing Domestic Abuse & Violence

Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV) includes (but is not limited to) coercive control, physical, sexual, psychological, economic and social violence. We know that many people are suffering from DAV and healthcare staff can be more at risk. We want you to know that if you are feeling scared, or need support, we are here for you. We believe you, it is not your fault and we are willing to help you. So if you, or anyone you know may be suffering from DAV, you can contact a helpline specific to your area. Click on the link to know how to get the help you need. DAV GM Helplines 

Please note, the organisations will do their best to ensure that you are safe. They will work in ways to help protect you discreetly, offer solutions (including financial), and to help support you in getting confidential access to support. 

We hope you find this link useful. Please contact us if you feel there is anything missing or something we can add to this resource. We hope to provide a similar resource for those living outside Greater Manchester in the near future. 


How do I get involved?

If you would like to join the EDI Network, please complete the Participation Template (see below documents) and send to: 

*Please note that the paragraph you fill out on the Participation Template will be included on the Network Directory (which can also be found in the documents below).


Useful documents and resources