Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015
NHS National Hospital is in the Top 100 Employers for Equality
In addition to climbing 53 places since last year to be listed in the Top 100 Employers, the NHS National Waiting Times Centre – the NHS Board that runs the Golden Jubilee was ranked in the top five employers in Scotland as well as being the top NHS Scotland Board for the fifth year in a row.
The WEI measures how well an organisation meets the needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) staff members, and is widely accepted of a good indicator of progress against equality targets generally.
Carole Anderson, one of the Sexual Orientation Equality Leads, commented on the accomplishment: “We could not be happier with the result of this year’s WEI. The criteria for this year’s index were tougher than ever before, and to have climbed from 123rd to 70th out of 397 participants in the UK is an incredible accomplishment.”
Over the past 12 months the Golden Jubilee has continued to invest in finding innovative ways to create an inclusive work environment, and becoming the first NHS Board to have both its Chair and Chief Executive sign the Stonewall Scotland NoBystanders pledge, dedicated to eradicating bullying in the workplace.
Jeane Freeman, Chair of the NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented on the result, saying: “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. “
Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland said:
“We are delighted to see NHS Golden Jubilee make it into the Top 100 index for the first time. This has been our most competitive year to date and this result demonstrates the hard work and dedication from all involved. We are proud to see the organisation lead the way for the health service in Scotland. This result sends out a powerful signal that the NHS Golden Jubilee is committed to creating an inclusive workplace, which can only benefit all staff and those who use their services.”