Scotland’s Golden Jubilee Foundation has been named as the top healthcare organisation in a well-respected list of employers with the best record on equal rights.
The organisation, based at Clydebank near Glasgow, was the highest ranked health and social care provider in the in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
“We value the rich talents, skills and experiences of our diverse staff”
Incorporating the specialist Golden Jubilee National Hospital, a research institute and a conference centre, the foundation has climbed 41 places since last year’s index.
The index measures how well organisations meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual members of staff, and is widely accepted as a good indicator of progress against equality targets more generally.
In total, there were 13 healthcare organisations in the 2016 list of 100 employers from a broad range of sectors (see below).
While it was top among the healthcare employers that submitted entries, the Golden Jubilee was ranked 29 overall. It was closely followed by Essex Community Rehabilitation Company at 30 and at 32 by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was awarded “star performer” classification by Stonewall for being ranked in the top 10 at least three times in the past five years.
Golden Jubilee rated top health employer in equality index
Jeane Freeman, chair of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, said: “We value the rich talents, skills and experiences of our diverse staff and they are critical to our provision of the highest standard of care and service for everyone, delivered in an environment that is inclusive.
“We are delighted now to be recognised as the top performing UK health and social care employer in the workplace equality index,” she added.
Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said: “The Golden Jubilee Foundation and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year.
“We have had more submissions than ever before,” she said. “I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.”
Healthcare employers in the 2016 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index:
- 29 Golden Jubilee Foundation
- 30 Essex Community Rehabilitation Company
- 32 Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- 46 Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- 46 London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- 46 North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
- 50 Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
- 58 St Andrew’s Healthcare
- 69 The Riverside Group
- 72 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
- 72 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- 86 Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 97 Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust