Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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

Contact us

For further information please contact:

Giles Matsell
Head of Equality and Diversity
Tel: 0115 969 1169
Ext: 71135
Email: giles.matsell@nuh.nhs.uk

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.

They include:

  • Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)Staff Network (promoting racial equality for all NUH employees). 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) (group promoting equality in sexual orientation, open to all staff who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as allies).
  • Staffability (a network for disabled staff promoting disability equality and challenging stigma). 
  • Carers (the carers network has merged with the Staffability network since 2019)

For more information, please email giles.matsell@nuh.nhs.uk.

Mindful employer status

NUH has Mindful Employer Status. Our Trust is committed to the Charter For Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health.


NHS Rainbow Badges

Rainbow Badge Graphic

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:



AccessAble logo 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.

Access guides for:

Nottingham City Hospital

Queens Medical Centre

Further information

You can find furter information in our equality and diversity information leaflet:


Find out more about hate crime and how to report.