Published: Thursday, January 17th, 2013

National NHS Board is top for meeting LGB needs

 

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For the third year in a row, the NHS National Waiting Times Centre has been ranked the best Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

 

The Board – which manages the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre - came ninth of all organisations in Scotland, and since last year have moved up from 166th to 159th place in the United Kingdom rankings.

 

The WEI is a measure of how an organisation meets the needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) staff and service users and is a good indicator for equality generally.

 

Using this national benchmarking tool allows organisations to measure their own progress against other public and private companies and institutions within the UK.

 

Our progress over the last year.

  • Trained 17 Diversity Champions who come from a range of staff groups and have received special training to support Equality and Diversity across the organisation.
  • Developed and launched a Board policy for Transgender Staff and Service Users.
  • Developed and delivered a new Diversity Awareness training programme using a combination of e-learning and classroom workshops to enable discussions of our values and behaviours.
  • Visited a range of departments and teams to promote Dignity at Work and our approach to managing bullying and harassment.
  • Presented at a Stonewall Seminar sharing best practice on LGB role models.

Jane Christie, one of the Sexual Orientation Equality Leads, added: “We are delighted that our workplace equality index score is continuing to improve year on year, which produces real benefits for our staff. We now look forward to working with Stonewall to help us identify any areas that we can improve on.

 

“Although we continually work to improve diversity training for all levels of staff, going forward  we will be focusing on working with our procurement and community partners to build on existing Equality and Diversity work. “

 

Jeane Freeman, Board Chair, praised staff for their efforts, commenting: “As a national resource for NHSScotland, we believe and recognise that the diversity of our population is one of our greatest strengths and assets. This means offering the right services regardless of people's age, gender, transgender status, religion, race, disability, sexual orientation or marital or civil partnership status.

 

“By investing in a diverse workforce and ensuring that our workplace is welcoming and supportive to everyone, we improve the environment and overall experience for staff and patients. Dignity and respect for all is one of our core values and enables us to deliver a better quality of service and improve patient care in the NHS. “

 

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