Meeting Summary Wednesday 15 April 2015

staff in a meeting

21 / 4 / 2015 12.41pm

The theme of the last meeting was 'Celebrating and Sharing Good Practice'.

Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity & Human Rights at NHS Employers, welcomed partners and guests to the last meeting of the partner’s programme 2014-15. He provided the following context to the day;

  • He emphasised the purpose of the partners programme based on three key elements: 
    • 1. policy
    • 2. personal development
    • 3. sharing, celebrating good practice. 
  • A key part of the day would involve hearing all about award winning organisations who have achieved recognition through delivering outcome focused practice.
  • All partners would receive certificates in recognition of their time as a partner organisation. In addition the meeting would also recognise leaders selected by partner organisations equality leads who have supported the agenda and made things happen.

James Taylor, Head of Policy, Stonewall talked about the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – including the number one Stonewall Employer 2015 – Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He emphasised that the last index involved 51 participants from the health sector and 10 health sector participants were in the Top 100. In particular he highlighted the crucially that the average score of all health sector participants: 39 per cent (78 points, out of 200. In addition the average score of health sector participants in the Top 100: 66 per cent (132 points) and the average score of Top 100 participants: 67 per cent (134 points). Furthermore, he concluded his presentation by highlighting the strong areas demonstrated by the top NHS organisations centred on employee policy, network group activities and the weak areas including procurement, all-staff engagement and monitoring.

Gabrielle de Wardener & Nicky Hemmings from Aimia highlighted that at Aimia, they recognised people’s diverse and unique skills, talents, thinking styles, backgrounds and aspirations, making ‘our business Personal’. They highlighted how both diversity and inclusion remained at the heart of their strategy and that the organisation played to the strengths possessed by employees. They also shared their psychological well-being training developed specifically to enable staff to switch off from work. People who attended the training reported lower perceived stress and levels of emotional exhaustion and improved positive mood. They now train whole teams to add social support. Once a month everyone is encouraged to switch off from work at 4pm and meet with the rest of the teams to socialise and start the wind down to the weekend.

Partners & Diversity Leader Awards ceremony presented by Danny Mortimer, CEO, NHS Employers

Danny thanked the partners for the work they had done to support key issues facing the wider NHS, as demonstrated by their contribution to EDS2 and Workforce Race Equality Standard. In addition how the partner trusts had worked together to share and learn about good practice.

He then proceeded to give each partner an award for their participation in the 12 month programme.

In addition he also awarded Diversity Awards for leadership to the following individuals selected by their own organization for their role in advancing the equality and diversity agenda within individual trusts;

  • Vivienne Stimpson, Director of Quality and Governance, Barnet CCG
  • Professor Shona Brown, Director Organisational Development, Barts Health NHS Trust, London 
  • Helen Billings, Organisational Development Consultant, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Suzanne Tewkesbury, Acting Managing Director, Central Southern CSU
  • Jan Ledward, Chief Officer, NHS Greater Preston and NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG
  • Steve Trenchard, CEO, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Carolyn Green , Director of Nursing, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mark Smith, Director of HR&OD, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ann Stringer, Head of HR and Organisational Development, Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Lesley Crosby, Deputy Chief Nurse, Peterborough and Stamford Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Caroline Clarke, Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust  
  • Jennifer Ploszek, Senior HR Business Partner, Southend University Hospital
  • Sandra Grant, Director of People & Communications & Executive Lead for Equality and Diversity, Southern Health
  • Julie Tanner, Director of Workforce and Development, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
  • Cashain David, Director of Operations and Development at Together for Mental Wellbeing
  • Sue Beatson, Deputy Chief Nurse (Head of Nursing Specialist Hospitals Board), University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Maria Watson, Senior Workforce Manager, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jacynth Ivey, Non-Executive Director, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The last session of the meeting was led by Caroline Mabey, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She facilitated a session centred on the key question - E&D and OD – A Marriage of Convenience or An Inconvenient Truth? and the fusion of interest between equality and organisational development leads. Both leads need allies and both have so much to offer each other. The challenge remains how we all can work together for the common good.

Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity & Human Rights, NHS Employers formerly closed the meeting by thanking all partner and encouraged them to keep in touch. 

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