Supporting our staff

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Staff networks

One way we engage with our staff and their experience is through staff networks. Supported by our equality and diversity team, the networks focus on improving services and delivering better outcomes for staff and patients.

Key issues addressed include making sure we have fair and transparent processes, providing supportive and flexible working arrangements, improving diversity at all levels, tackling harassment and discrimination and developing the skills and talents of all our staff.

We have a number of established staff networks.

About 40% of our staff are from black, asian and minority ethnic groups. They serve an equally diverse population. Networks are seen as vehicles for professional development, achieving culture change and disseminating practical ways of managing diversity to the benefit of our staff, patients and the organisation.

These networks help raise the profile of staff with a disability and provide advice and guidance, in a confidential and safe environment. The networks look at improving and developing the following:

  • support for managers in making reasonable adjustments
  • support for staff with dyslexia, a hidden disability affecting around 10% of the population
  • progress towards the Workforce Disability Equality Standard

The aim of the Trust's LGBT+ staff network is to support LGBT+ staff through strategic initiatives, social events and education, as well as providing advice and guidance in a confidential and safe environment.

Email [email protected] for further information or to get involved in the network.

You can also follow @GSTTlgbt on Twitter.

Disability Confident Employer

We're a Disability Confident Employer and are committed to the following:

  • make sure our recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible
  • communicate and promote vacancies
  • offer an interview to disabled people if they meet the essential criteria in the person specification
  • anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments if required
  • support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, allowing them to stay in work

There are currently 3 levels of the Disability Confident Commitment. We've achieved level 2.

Business Disability Forum

We are members of the Business Disability Forum. This non-profit organisation supports us to get better at recruiting and retaining staff:

  • with a disability
  • with a long-term health condition
  • who are neurodiverse

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