Breaking Diversity Barriers

Removing obstacles for Band 7-8B finance professionals, ensuring everyone can achieve their potential, regardless of background.

Who is Breaking Diversity Barriers for?

This programme is specifically aimed at finance staff from ‘protected groups’ that are under-represented at director level in the NHS. This can include (but is not limited to) those from diverse ethnic backgrounds, female staff, LGBTQIA+ staff, and those living with a disability.

Through research and safe house discussion held with finance staff from different protected groups in 2018. 2019, and 2020. We identified that some professionals in Band 7-8b roles faced challenges in progressing into senior positions. Throughout this programme, we explore the reasons why and identify solutions.

Programme Objectives:

  • Build the confidence and resilience needed to be your authentic self
  • Recognise barriers to diversity and inclusion and how to overcome these
  • Gain the confidence to challenge discrimination and perceived inequalities in the workplace
  • Learn the skills and strategies needed to succeed in inherently biased environments
  • Understand how to define your USP and use it to power career progression

After completion of this programme, candidates should feel confident to step-up into more senior positions and to apply to our other existing senior talent management programmes.

How to apply:

Please read through the application pack before registering your interest or completing the application form.

Applications will be open throughout September each year

Once applications open you will be required to complete an online application form. However, you can register your interest at any point during the year using this form and we will contact you when applications open.

Programme Delivery:

The programme is delivered through three face-to-face events from December to February each year. 

The sessions are about learning and sharing experiences, which may include controversial and challenging discussions. Participants will be expected to share and feedback openly throughout.

To encourage this, we operate a strict policy of confidentiality and Chatham house rules will be instated which will be respected throughout the programme, anything shared during the sessions will remain private.

There is one chair for all three days with individual speakers and facilitators invited to present. This will include sessions from experts and leaders within the equality, diversity and inclusion field and will be interactive and discussion-led.

2024 – 2025 programme dates 

Day 1 – London – Wednesday 11th December

Day 2 – Manchester – Thursday 16th January

Day 3 – Birmingham – Tuesday 11th February

You can download the current programme here. (please note this is subject to change)


Breaking Diversity Barriers is free for all NHS Finance staff. 

Travel and expenses are not included.

“Very interactive and engaging and has helped regain my self-esteem.” Cohort 2 delegate feedback.

“I attended the 1st day of One NHS Finance Breaking Diversity Barriers programme and I can see why it is so highly recommended! Great facilitators, speakers (loved listening to Caroline Owusu-Bennoah and her inspiring stories) and best of all to spend time with an amazing bunch of people.” Cohort 3 delegate feedback.