North Manchester General Hospital staff proud to be flag bearers for inclusivity

North Manchester staff show their commitment to trans inclusion
North Manchester General Hospital staff proud to be flag bearers for inclusivity
28 February 2020

North Manchester General Hospital staff showed their support for trans awareness as the organisation marked LGBT History Month with a month of activities designed to support colleagues to be more intentionally inclusive towards all LGBTQ+ people.

Senior Leaders at the People and Organisational Development Committee wanted to take time to send a positive message of inclusion to all trans and non-binary people to say, ‘whether you’re a patient, carer or member of staff we are committed to doing more to tackle the inequalities you face and ensure you always feel welcome at North Manchester General Hospital and across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA)’.

Site Directors Damien Finn and Leah Robins, pictured centre back, were included in the staff group that make up the committee.

Dean Hambleton-Ayling Associate Director of Workforce at North Manchester Care Organisation said: “We want to send out a really clear message to staff and patients that we are an inclusive organisation and that we value and welcome diversity. Our commitment extends beyond awareness months and days, it is all year round and part of everything we do to make the experience of our staff and patients the very best it can be.”

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group recently saw its fourth cohort of staff go through its new LGBTQ+ advocate programme as part of the roll out of the NHS Rainbow Badge Initiative

The programme works with colleagues throughout the organisation to empower them with the knowledge and skills to better support LGBTQ+ people – staff, carers and patients.

In order to become an advocate and receive a rainbow badge, participants had to attend a half day induction developing practical skills to become a positive advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, set a personal development goal with their line manager around making their workplace or services more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people, commit to attend annual training and volunteer to join our EDI Champion programme where they will actively be involved in helping to make services more inclusive for all underserved communities.

Group Equality & Inclusion Programme Manager Tara Hewitt said: As a Bisexual Trans woman it is so positive to see our senior leaders taking time to speak out to be intentionally trans inclusive and support our wider LGBTQ+ Advocate Programme.

“We know that LGBTQ+ patients and colleagues still face too many barriers, but with the establishment of our award winning Inclusion Centre of Excellence here at the NCA, we hope that through not just visibility but outcome focussed initiatives supported by colleagues across the Northern Care Alliance we can help accelerate the pace of change for all.”

North Manchester General Hospital is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which brings together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts under a group arrangement.