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NHS trust runner-up in Stonewall's gay-friendly workplace list

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has been named the second best gay-friendly employer in the country – and the best in the health service for the second year running.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list for 2014 will be unveiled at a ceremony this evening. It is compiled annually by the charity Stonewall as a measure of workplace culture for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

The names of the 10 best placed NHS organisations in the top 100 were shared with Nursing Times ahead of the full list’s publication.

The Nottinghamshire trust was the highest placed NHS organisation, followed by the London Ambulance Service Trust and Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

Four trusts that primarily provide mental health services made the NHS top 10, along with two acute trusts, two ambulance trusts and a community trust.

Stonewall senior health officer James Taylor said: “Hopefully their success will inspire other NHS trusts and foundations to continue their efforts to become workplaces where their gay staff can achieve their full potential.”

The Nottinghamshire provider was also the highest placed NHS organisation in 2010 and 2011 – it was beaten by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust in 2012.

Organisations are ranked based on their submissions to 25 questions covering eight areas of workforce policy and practise. Entries must be backed by evidence, including a staff feedback survey.

Mr Taylor added: “It’s particularly good to see some of our present and past Stonewall Health Champions – London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – enter the top 100, proving that with support and effort all NHS employers can make real strides in making the NHS more gay-friendly for staff and patients.”

The Stonewall Health Champions programme is funded by the Department of Health and provides free support to 20 NHS organisations in England for one year to improve health services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It includes support to establish a lesbian, gay and bisexual network group for staff.


2014 rankName
2Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
19London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
23Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
52Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
61South East Coast Ambulance Service
66Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
86Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
96County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
100Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust



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  • I THOUGHT we had equality in the NHS! Why is a minority section signaled out to be treated "Friendly? Why are awards not given to care and support of all staff. What people believe or practice outside of NHS has nothing to do with what kind of treatment they get inside the NHS, (unless they are convicted criminals) Are LGBT expecting extra care? Why? Are they more special than everyone else? No they are not! Equality for ALL, please

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