Staff Networks - Equality & Diversity

Here at Newcastle Hospitals we believe that all members of staff should be able to work within an organisation which supports equality and diversity.

Our Staff Networks were established to support members of staff in their working lives and to promote awareness of equality and inclusion within the Trust.

You can find out more about our Staff Networks here.

Below are some quotes from our staff about working within Newcastle Hospitals.

"Working to breakdown stereotypes and celebrate diversity"

About six months after starting a new role as project manager in the Trust, I saw an advert on the intranet for the LGBT network. I had never been involved in any kind of group like this, especially not in a work environment, but I was curious to find out more about the support that is available and if there were any opportunities for me to take a more active role as a way of giving back to the community. I met with the LGBT Chair for a coffee and a chat – the relaxed, friendly introduction was ideal and played a big part in my wanting to join the network. So far, I haven’t been directly involved in any events but it’s reassuring to know that there is a whole group of people out there, with Trust backing, who I could turn to for support. It’s also empowering to know that it’s OK to be out at work and that the Trust is actively looking to expand the network, working to breakdown stereotypes and celebrate diversity. I’m very much looking forward to being part of a bigger cultural movement as the network grows and accomplishes great things!

"I love the fact I can be myself"

My name is Mark Ellerby-Hedley and have been ‘out’ since 1989. I faced a lot of stigma and discrimination at work during my time working as a supermarket manager, my staff were great and really supportive but senior managers were less so. During my time working for Newcastle Hospitals it has been a completely different story, everyone I’ve come into contact with has been fantastic and very supportive. I love the fact I can be myself and not have to worry about what people will think (I even get chance to play the odd bits of Eurovision in the office). 

Last year was an amazing year personally,  as after 17 years together myself and my partner were married on our anniversary, this was a big deal as pre 2014 UK law prevented us from showing our commitment to each other in this way.  

The introduction of the LGBT Staff network and been a really positive step forward, it’s a privilege to be part of it and having the backing of senior management in the Trust is really important. It was fantastic to see the trust being so supportive around LGBT issues again this year and flying the LGBT Rainbow Flag made me feel very proud.  

I’d like to encourage anyone who would like to join us and become part of the LGBT Network to do so, it will give you an opportunity to have a voice and suggest ways in which the Trust can improve the working environment so more people feel comfortable being ‘out’ at work. 

"The Staff network is a good place to share experiences and also to ask for advice in a safe confidential space."

I am Katie and I have been an NHS Chaplain with Newcastle Hospitals for over seven years. I enjoy working within a Trust that is so diverse and forward thinking. No two days are ever the same which means I never know what a shift is going to bring. I spend a lot of my time on the wards journeying alongside patients, relatives and the staff. I have the privilege of being with people at the very best and the very worst of times. I enjoy coming to work every day and am proud to be a part of a team that values and supports me.

It is great to be a part of the LGBT staff network for a variety of reasons. It is a way of feeding back good and bad behaviours or examples of working practice across the Trust. We are involved in research and developing training with organisations including Stonewall and thus raising the profile of LGBT people and their needs. The Staff network is a good place to share experiences and also to ask for advice in a safe confidential space.

"The Trust really are an “inclusive” organisation, who value the diversity of their staff"

Hi, I’m Karen and I work in the Community Dental Team of the Dental Directorate of the Trust as a Clinical Coordinator, and as vice chair of NUTH’s LGBT Staff Network, I’d just like to say that the Trust really are an “inclusive” organisation, who value the diversity of their staff! 

So, no matter what your sexual orientation, or preference is, be that gay, straight, bi, trans, dual, non-binary or gender fluid, it really doesn’t matter, all the Trust think about at interview is getting the right person for the right job – full stop!   

Come and join us, it’s a great place to work, and if you do identify within the LGBT community, join our staff network as soon as you join the Trust

“The Trust is committed to supporting the LGBT community”

I’m Michelle and I feel very fortunate and very proud to be a part of a trust that is wholly committed to showing its support for the LGBT community.

Being able to see the rainbow flag displayed at the RVI and the Freeman Hospital and even in the lanyards displayed by members of staff including myself makes me feel a part of the bigger picture.

It reminds me that as a gay nurse specialist I am no different and I am supported to be who I am.

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