Newham hospital shows commitment to equality, diversity

Staff at Newham University Hospital took part in events and displays to highlight its commitment to equality, diversity and human rights.

They were joined by members of the public during NHS Employers first ever NHS-wide Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week to showcase the gains being made to make hospitals fairer and more equal places for staff, patients and the public.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which formed on 1 April, is the single largest NHS employer so it took its place at the forefront of events in May to highlight its commitment.

The hospital has had partner status with NHS Employers for its achievements since 1 April 2011. NHS Employers praised the work of the hospital and said the programme would help them to embed good equality and diversity practice into their day to day business.

Newham residents got involved in the Barts Health’s Equality and Diversity programme by attending a public display at Newham University Hospital’s St Andrew’s Wing on May 25.

Hospital staff participated at daily displays throughout the week as well as attending a mid week presentation.

Professor Shona Brown, Barts Health Director of Organisational Development explained the new Trust’s commitment to the principles of equality and diversity.

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Maternity matron Marsha Jones, winner of the �12.500 Mary Seacole leadership award this year presented her project called: ‘Improving the postnatal care and experience for black and Asian women by exploring cultural competency and capabilities of health care workers at Newham hospital’.

Staff heard about the Newham University Hospital Dignity at Work programme from staff speakers, Kenny Ogunsala, security day adviser and Alexandra Anyanwu, workforce development adviser.

To crown its achievement the Trust was informed that it has been successful in its bid for recognition as a Stonewall Champion for its equal rights approach to patients and staff who are bisexual, lesbian or gay.