Introduction to the resource hub
The HPMA London Academy is delighted to launch our ‘Realising My Potential’ resource hub with a wide range of information, hints, tips and prompts to support all HR and OD professionals achieve their development ambitions and career aspirations.
There are approximately 2,400 HR and OD professionals in the NHS within London, the majority of whom are female. The ethnicity data confirms that 45% are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background and the inequalities we see elsewhere in society are replicated in the HR and OD profession. There is less representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues at senior manager levels. By listening to colleagues in our profession we are able to raise the bar for all HR & OD professionals irrespective of protected characteristics and develop a resource that creates greater transparency, accessibility and equality of opportunity. Providing clarity about career pathways and existing development opportunities will support a more diverse and inclusive profession that can lead by example.
These resources have been developed in response to the feedback we have received from HR and OD colleagues through our annual learning need analysis and from the research we commissioned jointly with HR Directors and Deputy HR Directors to understand the lived experience of our ethnic minority HR and OD colleagues. As a result of the findings from this research we pledged to develop clearer career pathways and development opportunities to support HR and OD professionals to achieve their potential. In order to do this it is crucial that all our HR and OD colleagues experience high quality career conversations linked to the provision of a wide range of development opportunities, at each stage of their career path. These resources will support both managers and staff to achieve this. Our aim is that that they will become an integral part of the personal/professional development and career planning process.
This is an exciting development borne out of the commitment from a number of HR and OD leaders to create a step change in the experience of our ethnic minority HR and OD staff and you will see the level of this commitment through the pledges and personal stories contained within the resource hub. We still have a long way to go to make our profession truly inclusive, but we believe that through this work we are providing opportunities and inspiration for all our colleagues to enable them to achieve their full potential.
The resources are divided into the following sections. Take your time to work through each of these sections and use the hints, tips, prompts, information and inspiration from others to take proactive steps forward:
- Functional areas
- Career pathways
- Planning your professional development
- Preparing for career conversations
- Equality, diversity and inclusion and your career
- My career story
- Journeys to inclusion
- HPMA London Academy development programmes
- Further resources
The ‘Realising My Potential’ resource hub is a dynamic site and we will continually update it and add to it. We welcome your feedback and any ideas you have on improvements we can make. Please provide feedback here.
The Deputy Directors Network and the London HPMA Academy want all HR and OD professionals to feel empowered and knowledgeable, with ‘the know how’ to develop their careers as they wish. In creating this clarity, information, shared lived experience, hints, tips and frameworks we create a sense of hope and drive amongst HR and OD professionals to be the best version of themselves. Knowledge is power and together line managers and staff have the opportunity to use the resources hub to have meaningful career conversations in a more balanced way that means both parties get the best out of the appraisal and objective setting process, that nurtures talent and supports diverse succession planning for the future.
Cheryl Samuels, Chair of the London Deputy Directors of HR network & Deputy Director of Workforce Transformation, London Region, NHS England & NHS Improvement
Rachael Tyler, Development Director, HPMA London Academy