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Widening Participation

It remains a continuing workforce priority to ensure that the healthcare workforce represents the communities it seeks to serve, to enable this Health Education England has as part of its Mandate, been set the task of:

  • engaging key strategic partners to maximise investment in widening participation
  • engagement ensuring that principles of equality and diversity are integral to education, training and workforce development
  • enhancing monitoring and sharing of best practice in relation to widening participation
  • stimulating relationships with education providers (higher education providers, colleges and schools) to promote the NHS as a career option
  • ensuring that effective arrangements are in place for providing information advice and guidance


This strategy sets out five keys goals which are to

  1. improve monitoring and reporting of widening participation activities
  2. enhance further the visibility and targeting of Health Careers Information and Advice
  3. increase, through research and evaluation, the understanding and evidence of what and what does not work in relation to widening participation developments in healthcare education and workforce development
  4. increase collaborative approaches in supporting widening participation initiatives, including outreach activity
  5. stimulate and increase the capacity of healthcare organisations in being able to expand and support work or work related experience opportunities

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