We are celebrating Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017

16th May 2017

The week, co-ordinated by NHS Employers, shines a light on the ongoing work across the NHS to ensure that it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations, and is a place where staff from all backgrounds will want to work.

Highlights from the past year include:

  • Working Together – a staff conference which successfully engaged more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff, communicated the work that was ongoing in the Trust, and increased enthusiasm from staff to join the BME Staff Network Group or become involved in mentoring.
  • Achieving Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and committing to working towards Level 3 of the scheme (Disability Confident Leader) within the next two years;
  • Establishing and developing a mentoring project for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff at all levels across the Trust. Five members of the Board of Directors are involved with the project along with five members of staff in senior positions.  The project has been shortlisted for an award in the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence in HRM Awards 2017.

Liz Johnson, Head of Equality and Inclusion, said: “As an organisation we believe in fairness and equality and aim to value diversity and promote inclusion in all that we do.  This is reflected in our Trust values which form the guiding principles and behaviours for the way that we do our work.  Our values are at the heart of celebrating and promoting the diversity of the Trust and prioritising equal opportunity is essential to living our values.”

Dean Wilson, Director of Human Resources, said: “We are committed to ensuring that all employees achieve their full potential in an environment of dignity and mutual respect.  Within our teams, valuing difference is fundamental.  Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week offers us the opportunity both to celebrate our achievements over the past year and to make further improvements.”

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “I am very proud that the most recent NHS Staff Survey results demonstrated that 90% of our staff believe that we provide equal opportunities for career progression or promotion.  I am personally involved with our mentoring project for Black, Asian and Minoring Ethnic staff and I am delighted that we are extending this project further.”

You can find out more information about our Equality Objectives here.