Our staff Inclusivity Network was introduced in 2018 by a group of staff at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Aim of the Inclusivity Network
The aim of this network is to have provision for a group of staff members who have a shared interest and wish to become more involved in matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusivity.
This group will by its nature be quite fluid in its membership and no member of staff will be excluded from the network. There will however, more than likely be a core membership who can act as advocates and signposters in matters arising. The group will work together in shaping and moulding the network where possible according to staff needs, and provide regular communication updates as to the network’s activities and plans. This communication will be by a variety of methods but will include articles in PULSE and the mid-week messages. Each member of staff will be made aware of the group’s existence during the hospital induction period, and members of HR may also pass on details of how to contact the group.
It is hoped that the network can act as a sounding board to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Steering Group with regards to policy and training, and also feed into the Steering Group fresh ideas and information about pertinent issues both within the Trust and the wider community.
The aim is not to take over any of the activity of the Steering Group but to work alongside them in regards to promoting and embedding equality, diversity and inclusivity in the Trust.
The network also wishes to provide a forum where staff can support each other and talk freely without fear of structure or hierarchy in matters where equality, diversity and inclusivity may have been compromised.
How to get involved
Are you passionate about:
- an NHS with patients at its centre
- care about working in an NHS which is fair and accessible to all
- believe that diverse and inclusive workplaces make organisations better
If the answer to any of the above is yes, then the Inclusivity Network is looking for you to become involved! The network meets bi-monthly to discuss ideas, information and issues, actively inputting into Trust policies and training and also feeding into the Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Steering Group. The network is also involved in increasing awareness and communications about this diverse organisation and how we can all work towards an organisation where everyone’s individuality is embraced, respected and valued.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with Stonewall through the Health Champions programme to better understand the health and wellbeing needs of our gay, lesbian, and bisexual population with a view to ensuring the services we offer to them as patients are accessible and consider their needs. Stonewall will also be working with us to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual staff are supported, and have equal opportunities for work and career progression. As our work with Stonewall progresses we will update these pages with further information.