Safina - Equality and Diversity Manager

Who’s this?

Safina is the Equality & Diversity Manager and works in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team. Safina works with different teams within Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) also working in the community, to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and equitably

What’s the story of their career to date?

Safina started her career in the NHS as a Nursing Assistant with the Learning Disability Health Service moving on to working in a Special Needs School in the Behaviour Specialist team. Safina then worked on a Cancer Services project to ensure sure people were accessing the right services after being diagnosed with cancer. Following this Safina moved onto working in Local Government within the Equality & Diversity field and began studying for a MA Degree in Promoting Equality & Managing Diversity at the University of Central Lancashire. Safina returned to the NHS three years ago, taking up her current role

What do they do?

Safina’s day to day work is very varied, being involved in various projects across the trust to ensure that equality and diversity is embedded into everything that people do. She works closely with managers and staff to ensure patients feel their needs are being met in a way that is appropriate for them. Safina delivers a number of training packages across the organisation on why equality and diversity is important and the benefits of getting it right, also working closely with staff to ensure they feel valued and respected. Safina is currently working on a project around disability to make sure that disabled people can access services and there are no barriers

What’s the best thing about their role?

Safina feels that the best part of her role is that every day is different, having the opportunity to work with staff, patients and communities. Safina is passionate about equality and diversity and making a real difference for people and their experiences is very rewarding to her

Where are they going from here?

Safina has been doing her current role for 3 years and has always been encouraged to develop her skills and knowledge by attending various courses and programmes. Having recently completed a leadership programme, Safina would now like to progress into a management role in the future

How does a role like this pay?

Although they are a Equality and Diversity Manager now Safina started their career as a Nursing Assistant, this role typically starts at Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Nursing Assistant where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Nursing Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.