Equality and Diversity
We work to ensure that all staff, patients and carers:
- are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour
- have equal access to employment, promotion and development
- have equal access to services
- have their needs considered as we develop services
This means that equality and human rights are:
- embedded in our business planning
- fully considered within our governance structures
- part of the personal development of all staff
Working with our communities
Our responsibilities for engaging and consulting with the public, including diverse and hard-to-reach communities, are set out in a number of documents including Section 242 of the Health and Social Care Act.
We support our zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination with a number of networks to help staff speak up on any issues. Colleagues considering the impact of their service on the diverse groups of people we serve can also consult with these groups.
- Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Association (promoting racial equality for all NUH employees).
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (group promoting equality in sexual orientation, open to all staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual or transgender (LGBT)).
- Staffability (a network for disabled staff promoting disability equality and challenging stigma).
- Carers (the network is a virtual group who meet as required to discuss their experiences, talk to people in similar situations and find out about support.)
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS Rainbow Badges
You may have seen some of our staff wearing NHS rainbow badges. These are just one way of showing that NUH offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for all who identify as LGBT+.
This initiative originated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and aims to make a positive difference by promoting equality and inclusion across the Trust.
Being ‘Mindful’ is one of our values that make us who we are – and this includes valuing everyone’s contribution, and taking pride in our inclusivity and diversity. The rainbow badge is a powerful way of demonstrating our commitment to this across the organisation and to our patients and staff.
Our executive team fully support the Rainbow Badge initiaitive and the positive difference it makes by promoting a message of inclusion.
Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive
Our Chief Executive, Tracy Taylor, explains why we’re introducing the Rainbow NHS Badge to our Trust in this short video:
Nicky Hill, Director of HR
"Valuing the difference that every individual brings to Team NUH is what makes our team special, and I hope this badge helps everyone feel able to speak up."
Laura Skaife-Knight, Director of Communications and External Relations
“The diversity of Team NUH is what makes us who we are and celebrating our differences and the unique contributions we each make is vitally important.”
Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse
"I am proud to wear the NHS Rainbow Badge to support both our LGBT+ staff and patients. Not only do we have an aspiration to provide excellent care to our patients and their families but we also want to be a great place to work for our staff. That means being inclusive and celebrating diversity. Everyone is equal and deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. Wearing this badge is my commitment to making that happen."
Alison Wynne, Director of Strategy and Transformation
"I'll be signing up to the Rainbow Badge scheme because diversity is a great thing and is something to celebrate."
AccessAble are an award-winning disability organisation that has been in operation since 2000. They produce online access guides in a great deal of detail on a huge range of venues including the QMC and the City Hospital.
During our initial survey, surveyors from AccessAble spent several months at our hospitals surveying corridors, wards, parking facilities, clinics and other public areas of the hospital for ease of wheelchair access, WC facilities, access to interpreters, large print information leaflets and many other criteria.
This information is now available to view online via the AccessAble internet site here.