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Mental health trust chosen to champion equality and diversity
14/05/2015

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen from hundreds of organisations across the country to become an NHS Employers equality and diversity partner for the coming year. 

The Trust has been awarded the status during Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week, which began on Monday 11 May. It comes after the Trust demonstrated its commitment to six tough criteria, including improving patient access and experience, engaging and supporting staff, better health outcomes for all and inclusive leadership at all levels.

The news means that the Trust will be able to further improve its performance and influencing change locally and nationally by playing a key role in supporting efforts to improve diversity and equality across the NHS. This will include sharing best practice across the region, contributing to consultations to help shape national policy and legislative changes, engaging in social media campaigns to promote diversity and taking part in national activities such as the personal, fair and diverse campaign.

The Trust may also be asked to present its work at national and regional events and hold learning forums to help further disseminate good practice throughout the NHS.

Ravi Seenan, Equalities and Engagement Manager at the Trust, said: "We are really pleased to have been selected as an equality and diversity partner for the coming year.

"Our Trust is committed to creating a culture which promotes inclusion, both for our service users and our staff, and works hard to embed equality and diversity in everything it does.

"Becoming a partner will give us the tools and opportunities to strengthen this work still further, as well as access vital training, coaching and networking opportunities. It will also give us a valuable chance to contribute to national best practice to help drive improvement across the NHS.

"We are really looking forward to working with NHS Employers and our fellow partners over the next 12 months so that we can further strengthen the equality and diversity agenda within our own Trust while helping shape developments on the national stage."

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is one of 25 organisations selected as partners for the year. For more information about the scheme, visit: www.nhsemployers.org/news/2015/01/applications-open-for-equality-and-diversity-partners-programme-2015  ‚Äč