Diversity Training Programmes

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Diversity is about the recognition and valuing of difference in its broadest sense. It is about creating a working culture and practices that recognise, respect, value and harness difference for the benefit of the organisation and the individual (DH, 2003). This essay looks in particular the education and training of staff on diversity issues including the native British culture for overseas staff. It will identify practices and how it is being implemented in the form of training. It also looks at the cultural awareness of both locally and overseas trained nurses as well as the expectation of British nurses to overseas trained nurses. The education and training of staff on diversity issues will be explored throughout the essay and brought together towards the conclusion.

Papadopoulos, et al. (1998) suggested that the training programmes for diversity should begin on the exploration of staff’s own cultural values, belief and practices including their own prejudices (Papadopoulos, et al., 1998). This suggestion was incorporated by the Department of health’s equalities and diversity paper and made it as one of the guiding principles that underpins the development of staff’s competence on diversity issues encompassing cultural awareness, knowledge and sensitivity (DH, 2003). The National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations applied this principle on their diversity training with the aim to recognise cultural differences and individual’s beliefs and practices (Humphries, 2003). In the profession of caring Allen (2010) believes that in times of illness and when feeling vulnerable and confused, there is a tendency for patients to cling to their familiar surroundings, objects and rituals for comfort. By simply being ...

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