Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Golden Jubilee four in a row for Workplace Equality

 

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For the fourth year running, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital (GJNH) has been ranked the top Scottish NHS Board in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

 

The Board – which manages the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Beardmore facilities which include a state of the art research and sciences skill centre and a four star hotel and conference centre –has moved up from 159 to 123 place in the United Kingdom rankings over the last year.

 

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 progress generally.

 

This national benchmarking tool gives organisations the opportunity to measure their own progress against other public and private companies and institutions within the UK.

 

Progress of the GJNH over the last year:

 

  • Developed a good practice leaflet, “Getting it right for our LGBT patients”, providing staff with information on terminology, communication, confidentiality and highlights the care requirements of Transgender patients. This has been promoted to clinical staff alongside other relevant training materials.
  • Processes have been put in place to ensure Equalities is an important element of meetings with key suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Expansion of the social media plan to ensure improved and effective community engagement on the subject of equality.
  • Launched a DVD demonstrating the extensive work on Equalities and the Board Values, which was made available to the public, staff and service users.
  • A concentrated effort was made to explicitly state that all work-life balance policies are applicable to our LGB&T staff members. This ranges from parental leave policies to special leave policies, with easy to read staff guides being produced.

 

Carole Anderson, one of the Sexual Orientation Equality Leads, commented on the result: “We are delighted that our workplace equality index score has improved significantly this year, as the Index becomes tougher and more competitive each year. These improvements produce real benefits for our staff, customers and service users. We now look forward to working with Stonewall to help us identify any areas that we can improve on.”

 

Jeane Freeman, Chair of the GJNH Board, added: “At the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that not only welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, but actively highlights and celebrates the unique mix of people who, together, make it possible for us to provide the highest possible standard of care for every patient who comes here.

 

“Throughout 2014, we will continue to invest in our increasingly diverse team, paying particular attention to development and innovation to make sure that we offer equality of opportunity to all our staff because that way we provide  the best possible experience for our staff, patients and visitors.”

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