HRMI 2021: Harprit Hockley, Head of Equality and Inclusion, NHS England and Improvement

Hockley has been with the east of England team since March 2020 where her first responsibility was to support the covid response including bringing back ex NHS staff and the covid-19 vaccination programme.

She has also developed a regional anti-racism strategy whereby the goal is for all NHS employers in the region to be anti-racist organisations. She did this alongside several key partners from HR directors and EDI leads to staff networks and trade union partners. This partnership approach has developed a real sense of ownership amongst senior leaders in the region.

She joined the NHS is 2009 looking to use her skills and experience to improve the experience of those working for and accessing their services.

Prior to joining the east of England team at NHS England and Improvement Hockley held a national role where she was an integral part of the team responsible for tackling violence, bullying and harassment towards NHS staff. She was successful in securing £8m of funding towards equipping ambulance staff with bodycams and a further £2m to tackle bullying and harassment.


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Harprit Hockley was ranked 25th on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.