Celebrating diversity

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Celebrating diversity

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Celebrating Diversity

The annual NHS Equality and Diversity Week is a national platform to celebrate diversity and best practice across the NHS. 

This year during NHS Equality and Diversity Week we ran events and activities designed to engage with staff, raise awareness and promote the positive impact valuing diversity has for staff and patients.

We also used the week to encourage staff to become part of a network of champions who are committed to taking action, however small, to create a personal, fair and diverse NHS.   

Our staff are passionate about an NHS with patients at its heart; care about working in an NHS which is fair and accessible to all; and believe that diverse workplaces make us better.

An NHS employer of choice

As an employer we are committed to promoting equality and diversity. This includes building a workforce that reflects our local community and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. 

We recognise there is real benefit in providing an inclusive environment in which diverse employees can work together and feel valued. We actively promote equality of opportunity.

It is our aim to be the NHS ‘employer of choice’ - we want people who share our core values, passion and commitment to make a difference. With a range of career opportunities, we want people who share our core values, passion and put patients at the heart of everything they do. 

We can offer excellent training and development opportunities via a number of development programmes including: leadership development, NVQ opportunities, and access to our Healthcare Academy.

You can find out about our current vacancies.

Whatever job you do for us, you will be part of a great team of talented and passionate people committed to providing ‘healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch’.

Project Choice - supporting young people with learning disabilities

Moving into adult life can be an exciting and challenging time for many young people, but for those with a learning disability the transition is more challenging. 

Project Choice is an internship hosted by Newcastle Hospitals designed to give young people with learning difficulties, disabilities or autism, the chance to gain work experience, undertake an employability qualification and complete a work-based internship. The project tailors a programme to the needs of the young people which enables them to meet and develop their individual skills.

The project has three stages:

  • Stage 1 provides young people aged 16-19 years who are still at school the chance to undertake a half-day per week work experience over a six-week block. 
  • Stage 2 provides participants with a full-time internship for an academic year.  
  • Stage 3 assists the interns to transition either into paid employment, apprenticeship schemes or further education programmes.

Project Choice equips the students with work-based transferable skills enabling them to be work-ready after completion of an academic year. We deliver the project in partnership with Health Education England, and it supports Newcastle Hospitals’ overall aim to be the NHS ‘Employer of Choice’ as well as a leading employer in:

  • the promotion of equality and diversity
  • challenging discrimination
  • promoting equality in employment.

Since its development, Project Choice has been recognised locally and nationally by receiving a number of prestigious awards.

Enhancing the patient experience

Healthcare at its very best - with a personal touch

We produced a short film with the help of staff and patients to raise awareness of how we can enhance the patient experience and ensure high quality patient care.

You can see our Enhancing the Patient Experience film.

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