Published: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
NHS National Hospital awarded most improved Scottish employer
Later today, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital will be presented with the award as ‘Most Improved Employer’ at Stonewall Scotland Top Scottish Employers Launch 2015.
Held in Edinburgh, the event recognises the achievement of Scotland's top performing employers for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) staff.
Carole Anderson, one of the Golden Jubilee’s Sexual Orientation Equality Leads, commented: “We are delighted to be awarded the Most Improved Scottish Employer award in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2015. This is in addition to being ranked in the top five employers in Scotland as well as being the top NHS Scotland Board for the fifth year in a row. We’ve been working with Stonewall since 2008 and are delighted that our “equality and diversity journey” in delivering improvements for our staff and service has also resulted in us entering the Top 100 UK employers this year.
“We are passionate about helping all of our staff, irrespective of their sexual orientation, achieve their full potential and feel valued at work, and our work with Stonewall is a key element of this. We are proud that we have received so many accolades as a public sector employer and are ambitious to do even more to improve the workplace for our greatest asset – our staff.”
Over the past 12 months the Golden Jubilee has continued to invest in finding innovative ways to create an inclusive work environment. They have a dedicated diversity champions programme and were the first NHS Board to have both our Chair and Chief Executive sign the Stonewall Scotland NoBystanders pledge, dedicated to eradicating bullying in the workplace.
Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee added: “We firmly believe that we provide the highest possible standard of care and service for every patient, visitor, delegate and guest who comes here. This can only happen because we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that not only welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, but actively highlights and celebrates our unique mix of people.
"Our work on equality, diversity and inclusion is an important element of how we demonstrate our organisational values, especially of valuing dignity and respect. We have worked hard to make these values even more visible and appreciate how they influence how we behave each and every day. This helps us provide a caring, personal and quality service for our patients, visitors and guests. “