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Ruth Passman

Ruth Passman

Head of Operations and Strategic Delivery,
NHS England

Ruth Passman is a senior public sector executive. With a cross-sectoral career spanning academia, the voluntary sector and  the Department of Health, Ruth holds the role of Head of Operations and Strategic Delivery for Experience, Participation and Equalities, within NHS England, working on policy and operational agendas which support Sustainable Transformation Partnerships and the delivery of the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.   Ruth works closely with FDA Learn and Managers in Health Partnerships ( MIP) on staff support initiatives which promote diversity, inclusion and an holistic approach to staff support and leadership, in particular ensuring support for those with protected characteristics who may face additional barriers in their development and career. Working alongside staff with disabilities in the NHS and Civil Service to draw potential leaders from groups that might represent ‘lost talent’ for the union and the employer, Ruth has a keen interest in upcoming initiatives which offer screening and support for neurodiversity around impact on working lives, career development and progression. Ruth works with  NHS England’s Disability and Wellbeing network (DAWN) and other staff networks in the NHS to enhance the contribution that networks can make to the staff wellbeing agenda.   Ruth held the national portfolio for Health Inequalities and Equality from 2013-17. Her achievements include the introduction of two measures to improve race equality - the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Equality Delivery System (EDS2) which were mandated in the 2015-16 NHS Standard contract. The workforce equality standards were developed to ensure that organisations place appropriate focus on the gap between the treatment, opportunities and experience of BAME and disabled staff and the rest of the NHS workforce. Ruth commissioned and piloted the Workforce Disability Equality Standard which was mandated via the NHS Standard Contract in 2018-19 and piloted the Sexual Orientation Information Standard as the first in a series of information standards to ensure data is collected and utilised for all protected groups across major NHS data sets.

  • Outlining the wellbeing policy agenda within the NHS and for the NHS Workforce
  • Sharing examples of case studies and successful staff networks which support the wellbeing of staff
  • Exploring the use of mindfulness and resilience to enable and support good psychological health  in the workplace, particularly at times of workforce change.