This week (14 and 18 May) marks the seventh Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week.
The week, co-ordinated by NHS Employers, shines a light on the ongoing work across the NHS to ensure that it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations, and is a place where staff from all backgrounds will want to work.
What's happening on the week at GMMH?
We have organised a series of events to promote the theme of ‘diverse, inclusive, together’.
During the week, Cathy Lovatt, Lead Nurse for Practice and Performance, and Jonathan Roberts, Customer Care Manager, will be going on an Equality and Diversity roadshow by dropping in to service user and carer forums to gather people’s views and find out what the Trusts priorities should be for our new Equality and Diversity Strategy.
On Tuesday there’s an introductory session to Yoga meditation at the Ernest Rutherford Room in The Waterdale on the Prestwich site from 1pm to 2pm. The session is facilitated by a Yogi Specialist Practitioner and is open to all.
Check out what other activities we'll be hosting accross the GMMH footprint by following us on Twitter, @GMMH_NHS.
We are already doing a lot of positive work to address key inclusion issues:
- We are proud to be taking part in Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, which provides us with best practice and support from Stonewall to create a fully inclusive workplace for all staff.
- We have a LGBTQIA staff network and attend many of the local Gay Pride events each year
- We’ll host our first BAME (black, Asian, and minority ethnic) Leadership Development event in July to ensure everyone has an opportunity to grow and progress in their career
- In collaboration with the University of Manchester, we are running a research study (CaSPER) to produce learning resources about schizophrenia and psychosis to African Caribbean families in the U.K
- Our Recovery Academy provides Deaf Awareness Training, British Sign Language Training, a How Culture Affects Mental Health course, an Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties course, a Faith and Recovery course and a range of ‘Living with…’ courses. These courses are run by staff from across the Trust, including our John Denmark Unit (a service specialising in mental health and deafness) and Chaplaincy service in co-production with our service users and carers. The Academy also works in partnership with external organisations like BSL CoE, Counselling & Creative Learning and BAND.
#EQW2018 is a national platform for NHS staff to highlight their work to create a fairer, more inclusive NHS for patients and staff.