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Trust supports Northern PRIDE

Monday, 31 July, 2017
Trust supports Northern PRIDE

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was proud to have taken part in this year’s Northern Pride event.

Northern Pride took place on Newcastle Town Moor from 21 to 23 July and a range of trust services, including the integrated Sexual Health Service, North Tyneside Talking Therapies, and the Integrated Wellbeing Service, supported the event with stalls and information.

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and operational development, at Northumbria Healthcare said: “As a trust we are committed to promoting equality and celebrating difference and I was delighted that we were able to engage with so many people from the diverse LGBT community by participating in Pride again this year.”

In the last year, the trust has promoted equality and diversity in a range of ways including building a community role models network for people who identify as lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) or Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) to help improve access to healthcare and promote positive roles, and raising awareness of the Equality and Diversity support available for staff.

Patrick Price, general manager and trust equality and diversity lead and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) champion said: “In addition to hosting our information stall at Pride we had staff in the Health Zone to provide information around sexual health, mental health and improving wellbeing and promoted our LGBT and BAME community role models programme in Northumberland at our Northumberland Community Culture stall.”

This year the trust was again placed in Stonewall’s 2017 Workplace Equality Index which lists the top 100 employers in the country. The trust first entered the top 100 in 2014.

The index takes into account organisations’ policy and practice, staff training, engagement and communication, data collection, supporting wellbeing of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and workplace equality. From 2016-2017 the Stonewall WEI will also assess organisations on transsexual specific issues.