North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held their annual equality and diversity event at Leigh Sports Village earleir this week.
The EDS2 event was based on the national Equality Delivery System, which was commissioned by the national Equality and Diversity Council in 2010 to help NHS organisations improve the services they provide for local communities – considering health inequalities and providing better working environments free of discrimination.
Jan Snoddon, Interim Director of Integrated Governance at the Trust said “It was great to see so many real life service user and staff case studies being illustrated, demonstrating good practice relating to equality and diversity.
“We will now be pulling together the self-assessment and ratings by the attendees to share on our Trust website and create a plan of actions to focus on in 2018/19.”
The day was an opportunity for the Trust to share evidence relating to equality and diversity activity across the organisation with its key stakeholders, learn from good practice and receive feedback. The day was attended by voluntary sector organisations representing different parts of the community across Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.
The day started with a presentation from Gail Briers, Chief Nurse and Director of Operational Clinical Services at the Trust. Gail spoke about the importance of considering equality and diversity at the highest level within the organisation and throughout all decision-making processes. This was followed by the attendees discussing real life service user and staff case studies from across the Trust relating to equality and diversity.
A member of staff from the Trust called Danni spoke about her experiences of transitioning from male to female whilst working for the Trust. Danni said she felt fully supported by her manager and her colleagues throughout. Danni illustrated her story through her music, ‘Danni’s Song’ which you can watch below