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Northumbria Healthcare named among country’s top employers

Friday, 23 January, 2015
Northumbria Healthcare named among country’s top employers

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been named among Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

The trust was placed in Stonewall’s 2015 Workplace Equality Index which lists the top 100 employers in the country.

Named in the top 100 employers for the first time in 2014, this year the trust has risen a further 50 places, recognising the trust’s real commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This places the trust as the fourth highest ranking healthcare service taking part in the index.

In the last year, the trust has promoted equality and diversity in a range of ways including taking part in NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week and Northern Pride Week, and supported community groups in Northumberland by holding a workshop on funding opportunities, all of which involved members of the trust’s lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff network.

The index takes into account organisations’ policy and practice, staff training, engagement and communication, data collection, improving health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and workplace equality.

The list, the eleventh published by the charity, includes private and public organisations and, for the first time, all three of the armed forces.

Patrick Price, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare who is the trust’s equality and diversity and LGBT lead and champion, said: “This represents a real breakthrough for the trust and sends a very clear signal to our workforce and the wider community that we are committed to fair and equal treatment for all of our staff and patients regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It was an excellent achievement to be named in the top 100 employers for the first time last year and for our performance to have improved so much in 2015 is credit to the hard work which has been taking place.

“As a trust, we are committed to promoting equality and celebrating difference and we are delighted that our efforts to engage with our diverse communities and create an inclusive workplace have been recognised nationally, and have had a positive impact on patient care.”

The results come two months after Patrick won the North East NHS Leader of Inclusivity of the Year Award. He goes onto the national finals which take place on 31 March.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall chief executive, said: “Every employer featured in the 2015 Top 100 has performed remarkably. Not only was this the most competitive year to date, we’re delighted to see that in just fifteen years our armed forces are making real progress in supporting and developing their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.’