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Nottingham trust best gay friendly employer in NHS


Five NHS organisations appeared in the annual list of the UK’s top 100 lesbian, gay, and bisexual friendly employers, published by charity Stonewall.

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The highest entry was Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust at 19, followed by NHS Tower Hamlets at 45, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at 58, North East Ambulance Service at 70, and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation at 75.

Alwen Williams, chief executive of NHS Tower Hamlets, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised in Stonewall’s Top 100 for the fourth year in a row. 

“We are the only NHS organisation in London that has achieved such success and this reflects our commitment to diversity among our staff and potential recruits.”

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust Mike Cooke chief executive said: “Nottinghamshire Healthcare is delighted to receive this award.

He added: “It reflects the commitment and hard work of our staff, service users and carers in championing a culture of fairness; where equality and diversity are central to everything we do. We believe that our participation in the Workplace Equality Index will be of real benefit to our staff and the people who use our services.”

Overall the list named IBM as the best place to work in 2010 for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: “The index is a powerful tool used by Britain’s 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • Good heavens!
    Are we really wasting money on is this type of study? - A good employer for the Gay community? Great news to the Nottingham hospital in the headlines. But, Call me old fashioned ‘and all that’, but, surely employers should be rated on how well they treat and respect EVERYONE. Not on whether you’re gay, pregnant, disabled, white, black etc! It should not matter! A good fair employer for all is what I say!

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  • Sadly, it does matter. It matters greatly. It's only been in the past few years that it has been ilegal to dismiss someone on grounds of sexuality.

    The 'study' is published by Stonewall - the charity that has campaigned for many years for equality.

    It's akin to the Times 100 top employers award - in that it celebrates organisations that are doing things correctly.

    It is always a risk coming out at work as you are never sure of colleagues / managers actions / attitudes, and the willingness of the organisation to take action should the responses be less than favourable.

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