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We celebrate the diversity of our staff at ULHT

Column by Dr Neill Hepburn, medical director at ULHT

At United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), we celebrate the wealth of diversity of all our staff and the people of Lincolnshire that we serve.

As a trust we are committed to actively promoting and developing equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do and an important part of this work is our growing family of staff networks.

If you come to work for ULHT, or are treated at one of our hospitals, you can be sure to be supported, from whichever background, religion or walk of life you come from and our inclusive staff networks play a key role in this.

Dr Neill Hepburn (9808034)
Dr Neill Hepburn (9808034)

We already have established LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) and Armed Forces staff networks, in addition to a fledgling MAPLE (mental and physical lived experience - disability) group. We also have plans in place for a new Women’s Network too.

All these groups help to ensure staff feel valued in their workplace, hold regular monthly meetings and allow participants to share their experiences and air their views in a confidential and ‘safe’ space. This in turn leads to better patient care all round.

As executive sponsor of our own Armed Forces Network, I am extremely proud to support our staff who come to us with a forces background or who may be reservists or veterans. Lincolnshire has a strong forces tradition and heritage of course, so it’s only right that we celebrate this, in addition to supporting our LGBT+, BAME and MAPLE colleagues as well.

We have signed the prestigious Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to developing our support to veterans, reservists and those military spouses and partners who work at ULHT. Equally, we want to ensure that appropriate care is delivered to military veterans and families.

In 2017 we were also awarded the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) silver award. The scheme recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, aligning their values closely with the Armed Forces Covenant.

All of this ensures that we keep equality, diversity and inclusion as a focal point in our continual strive to deliver excellence in rural healthcare.

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