15 / 1 / 2014 Midnight
The annual Top 100 list of gay-friendly employers, published today (15 January 2014) by charity Stonewall, includes 50 per cent more NHS organisations than one year ago.
The nine NHS organisations in the list include Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which climbed to 2nd place from 4th and is placed above organisations with strong track records including The Co-Operative, IBM and the Home Office.
The NHS Employers organisation says this reflects excellent work within the NHS to make sure diversity and openness become valued and respected parts of everyday working life. It resonates with the NHS Personal, Fair and Diverse social media campaign, which now has about 4,500 champions and is run by the NHS Employers organisation.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Far too many people face discrimination and abuse every day because of their sexuality. This is therefore a great recognition for the NHS, which is aware of its high profile and tries hard to show leadership on respecting colleagues in the workplace.
“Having fifty per cent more NHS organisations in the list this year is a fantastic encouragement, but we are far from complacent. We are however proud to seek to be as diverse as the patients we care for and we know this helps us attract skilled, compassionate employees. A diverse workforce is good for patient care. Investment in equality and diversity is often criticised but I'm happy to defend it as a sound investment in good patient care.
“The equality agenda is really important, not only for individuals but for the future of the NHS. Having a culture where staff feel valued and respected for who they are helps give them that extra confidence to raise ideas and concerns, including ones that could be crucial for safe patient care.”
The number of NHS organisations in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2014 climbed from six to nine this year. It now includes:
- 2nd place: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Joint 19th place: London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- 23rd place: Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
- Joint 52nd place: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- Joint 61st: South East Coast Ambulance Service
- Joint 66th: Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
- Joint 89th: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Joint 96th: County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
- 100th: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust