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14 May 2013

UH Bristol Celebrates Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2013

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating the second NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (Monday 13 to Friday 17 May 2013).

This week, the Trust's Black and Minority Ethnic Workers Forum has launched a reverse mentoring pilot project which benefits the whole Trust and aims to make the experiences of all staff more positive and enriching.  This project aims to act as a development tool for Trust staff, and to increase the understanding of senior managers in dealing with diversity and equality issues.

The pilot project will begin this week and complete in December 2013. Feedback and update sessions will take place for all for all staff at BME Forum meetings throughout the year.

The Trust is also launching a refreshed Trust Values Session during Equality, Diversity and Human Rights week.  These sessions, which are being rolled out to all staff, are interactive training workshops which have been created to embed the values of the Trust, reflect patient experience and seek active commitment and pledges from participants to champion the Trust values in everything they do.  From this week the sessions will include specific information and training on equality and diversity in the workplace.

Claire Buchanan, acting director of workforce and organisational development, says:  "I am delighted that we are involved in the second Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week.  Our organisation is committed to improving the working lives of all our employees and one of the ways we are showing our commitment is by ensuring all our staff attend values training. The training sessions have been refreshed to co-inside with this week to include a stronger focus on equality and diversity. I am personally involved in the reverse mentoring programme and believe that we have a lot to learn that will be of benefit to the whole organisation."

The week, organised by the NHS Employers organisation, shines a light on the on-going work across the NHS to ensure that it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations and is a place where staff from all backgrounds will want to work.

It is a chance for NHS organisations across the country to promote their achievements in this area, showing how they make equality part of everything they do, improving the quality of services for patients and the working lives of staff. 

Dean Royles, Chief Executive, the NHS Employers organisation, said:  "NHS Employers is thrilled to be able to lead the second Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week. Last year, was the beginning of an annual celebration of the fantastic work that NHS organisations are doing each and every day."