15 / 1 / 2014 2.46pm
We will continue to work closely with NHS England at a national level and employers at a local level to support as many NHS staff as possible to become champions of the PFD campaign which highlights the good work and contributions that are made to to deliver services that are personal, fair and diverse.
Champions from health and social care organisations up and down the county have been getting involved to create a more Personal, Fair and Diverse (PFD) workplace - with the commitment to making changes at work, no matter how small.
“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.”
“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."
Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers said:
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 our NHS Personal, Fair and Diverse campaign, which now has about 4,500 champions.
This year, seven NHS trusts and two ambulance service trusts are featured in the top 100, with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust proudly reaching number two on the list. This is a great achievement, especially comparing to some of the other top listed UK organisations from across 38 different industries.
Stonewall has unveiled its Top 100 Employers 2014 which showcases Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. This commitment from organisations is changing the face of workplaces for the better for all staff - regardless of their sexual orientation.