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UHMBT announced as NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion partner

Karmini David Lynne Corporate team[U]niversity Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has been chosen to be part of NHS Employers’ 2016/17 Diversity and Inclusion partner’s programme, for a second year running.

The Trust is just one of twenty two organisations across the country to be given the status.

NHS organisations are awarded partner status after they have demonstrated that they are delivering against six measurable criteria: improving patient access and experience; empowered, engaged and well-supported staff; inclusive leadership at all levels; better health outcomes for all; demonstration of commitment to the partners programme; and benefits that the organisation will receive from taking part.

David Wilkinson, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, UHMBT, said: “This is the second year running UHMBT has been chosen to be part of NHS Employers’ Diversity and Inclusion partner’s programme.  It is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with NHS Employers and other organisations across the country to further embed and integrate equality, inclusion and diversity into the culture and structure across our hospitals, and also be involved in the efforts to make improvements in these areas across the entire NHS.

“Changing the way equality, diversity and inclusion is looked at both within our Trust and the wider NHS is vital in ensuring that all organisations offer a more inclusive service that is fair for all, whether is it as a patient or at work as a member of staff.

“The partner programme will also help us to develop and refine our Inclusion and Diversity strategy to create one that is far reaching and enables real culture change across our Trust.”

Karmini McCann, Workforce Business Partner, Strategic Recruitment, Inclusion and Diversity, UHMBT, said: “We were extremely privileged to be accepted onto the NHS Employers equality partners programme in early 2015 and I am delighted that we have been chosen to be part of NHS Employers’ 2016/17 Diversity and Inclusion partner’s programme.

“In early 2015 we had Trust board commitment and a new leadership structure in place behind the initial stages of an inclusion improvement programme. We had, and still have, a massive amount of work to do to become a truly inclusive employer and service provider. Learning from organisations across the NHS and in the world outside has been essential to our journey towards Inclusion.”

Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at NHS Employers said “We were delighted at the quantity and quality of responses this year to our call for applications to the partners programme. We have got a wide range of organisations, both in terms of type and geographical spread, and we look forward to helping them embed and extend good diversity practice within their organisations.

“Over a period of 12 months NHS Employers will work with the partners like UHMBT to help them progress and develop their diversity and inclusion performance, and to build their capacity in this area. Support will include five interactive workshops that will be designed by the partners themselves, to help them get the latest on policy and practice as well as provide opportunities to share good practice and network.

To find out first-hand the benefits of being part of the partner programme, Karmini worked with NHS Employers to produce a blog where she reflects on the Trusts’ time on last year’s partner programme. This blog can be found at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/blog/2016/05/how-nhs-employers-partner-programme-helped-morecambe-bay-on-its-journey-towards-inclusion

More information on the Equality and Diversity Partner programme, please visit: http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/plan/building-a-diverse-workforce/networks/equality-and-diversity-partners

This announcement follows news last week that UHMBT’s Corporate Team for Inclusion had been named ‘Inclusive Team of the Year’ by NHS Employers.

The team has also been shortlisted for a ‘Courage to Manage’ award’ by The Healthcare People Management Association (HMPA), which is the professional voice of HR in healthcare. HMPA supports and develops HR staff to improve the people management contribution in healthcare, and ultimately improve patient care.

The team has been shortlisted for the work they are doing to improve the experiences of BME employees at UHMBT and will travel to London on 30 June for the awards ceremony.

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