AN NHS trust in Essex is one of only two places to disclose it has a senior manager working on equality and diversity. 

The Taxpayer’s Alliance have revealed that NHS Trusts spend a yearly total of £13,586,635.79 on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) roles. 

Within the Essex Partnership University Trust is a band-7 equality advisor, meaning a mean salary of £46,899, and a director of employee experience who is of the highest band, VSM, with an undisclosed salary.

The only other trust that disclosed they had an senior equality manager was the Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust in London.

The NHS Payscales website outlines how the average salary for NHS very senior managers in 2022 was £140,531 while NHS Executive Senior Managers (ESMs) on average, in 2022, earned £126,390.

A spokesperson for Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT) said: “We are continuously working to ensure all staff are treated with dignity, care and fairness at work and don’t face discrimination - we have a small team in place to support this alongside other important areas including employee retention and wellbeing.”

“Our staff care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community and it’s important we have structured support in place to ensure they are able to give the best care possible for those who rely on us.”