Salisbury District Hospital’s Head of Equality and Diversity Pamela Permalloo-Bass has won the national Leader of Inclusivity of the Year Award from the NHS Leadership Academy.
Pamela who beat nine other shortlisted candidates had already won the regional award from the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy and picked up this national award at a special ceremony in London.
The award recognises how outstanding leadership has influenced the way in which equality and diversity good practice has been used to design services that meet the needs of the local community. It also reflects the active promotion of equality within the workplace and the involvement and engagement of NHS staff.
Habib Naqvi, Inclusion Lead at NHS England said: “Pamela showed very strong skills across all of the judging criteria. She is an ‘inspirational, exceptional example of inclusive leadership in action, and a widely respected, highly regarded role model. She hasn’t been afraid to take on difficult and challenging work in the field of inclusion, the results of which have been improved quality of care and greater engagement that’s both meaningful and sustained. When things have felt difficult, she has led the way and taken others with her.”
Pamela Permalloo-Bass, Head of Equality and Diversity said: “I am very grateful to the Leadership Academy for this award. While it recognises the work that I do here in Salisbury, it also highlights our commitment to equality and diversity, the involvement of staff at all levels of the organisation in equality issues and the value of our staff to our hospital, our patients and our local community.”
Alison Kingscott, Director of HR and Organisational Development said: “It’s essential that our staff are supported and treated with respect and dignity and that we have a culture that values the diversity of our patients, their relatives and carers. Pamela’s leadership in this area has been outstanding and we are proud and pleased that she has now received national recognition for the work that she has done here in Salisbury.”