Six health service trusts have made it onto a list of the top 50 UK employers that promote diversity, equality and inclusion.
The first ever Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, revealed yesterday, is dubbed as the “definitive list” of organisations that promote inclusion throughout every level of their employees.
“It is crucial to highlight best practices in workforce diversity”
Those behind the list said it was designed to honour employers that promote all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, race, faith and religion.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was the highest placed health service employer in the list at number 11.
It was followed by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at 20 and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust at 23.
Slightly further down at 34 was Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust just made it onto the list at number 49.
Meanwhile, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust was ranked at 44.
NHS trusts on the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list
- 11. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
- 20. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 23. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust
- 34. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
- 44. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- 49. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone, was ranked top of the list, in recognition of its continued dedication to workplace diversity.
Compiled by a panel of judges, the list was collated based on each organisation’s performance on a range of areas within the diversity arena.
To be named, organisations had to provide sufficient evidence on various topics, including recruitment procedures, training, and a host of diversity related initiatives.
As well as showcasing organisations that are already performing at a high standard in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, the list is also intended to highlight organisations that are effectively making changes which will allow them to become an inclusive employer in its entirety.
Paul Sesay, chief executive of The Inclusive Top 50, said: “It is crucial to highlight best practices in workforce diversity. There is a need to promote these practices and the organisations carrying out pioneering work in this arena to set an example to other employers across the UK.
“An excellent response from 100 companies nationwide has ensured a wide spectrum of inclusive employers are featured, and I am delighted to announce The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List has identified true leaders in this field,” he said.
Five trusts in top 50 most inclusive UK employers
Earlier this year, Morecambe Bay’s inclusion and diversity team was also named Inclusive Team of the Year by NHS Employers in May.
Karmini McCann, Morecambe Bay’s workforce business partner/inclusion and diversity lead, said the trust was “thrilled” to be on the list, noting that it reflected the hard work staff had been doing on the issue.
“The team have worked incredibly hard over the last year to help our trust shift our culture with regards to inclusivity and whilst we still have a lot to do, their work has made a huge difference already,” she said.
Among a range of achievements, the trust cited the launch of networks for LGBT, black minority ethnic and disabled staff and holding its first “towards inclusion” conference to allow staff to share their experiences and ideas on where the trust needed to improve.
In addition, it said it had recruited over 180 “personal fair diverse champions”, improved mental health provision across its emergency departments and transformed access to translation and Interpretation services.