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Northumbria Healthcare ranked top employer for the fifth year running

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
Northumbria Healthcare ranked top employer for the fifth year running

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has once again been named among Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff.

The trust was placed in Stonewall’s 2018 Workplace Equality Index which lists the top 100 employers in the country. The trust first entered the top 100 in 2014.

In the last year, the trust has promoted equality and diversity in a range of ways including introducing additional policies and codes of conduct to improve support for LGBT staff and patients, specific staff training and enhanced data collection methods.

Northumbria Healthcare has also regularly communicated with staff and public about equality and diversity issues and ran specific initiatives. The trust developed a community role models network for people who identify as LGBT or Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) to help improve access to healthcare. In addition they support local schools, and businesses to raise awareness of a variety of equality and diversity campaigns throughout the year.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall‘s Workplace Equality Index 2018, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff.

434 organisations submitted entries to the 2018 Index, across the public, private and third sectors. As part of the Index there is a staff feedback questionnaire that participating organisations can ask staff to complete. This year Stonewall received over 92,000 responses to the staff survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m very proud that we have been named as one of the top 100 employers in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year.  Our ranking has improved considerably this year which is reflective of the strength of our staff network and our commitment to diversity in our workforce through engaging with staff and the public in order to improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.”

Darron Towers, executive director, Stonewall, said: “Northumbria Healthcare and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality.

“This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”

Media Contact:

Jaclyn Curry: jaclyn.curry@northumbria.nhs.uk or 0191 2031654


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