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Our commitment

We have a longstanding commitment to ensuring that our services and employment practices are fair, accessible and appropriate for all patients, visitors and carers in the community we serve, as well as the talented and diverse workforce we employ. 

We're committed to providing an environment equally welcoming to people of all backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and religions. 

AccessAble

We have worked with AccessAble to provide detailed information for all of our departments, wards and services at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, our community services and Evelina London Children's Hospital.

DisabledGo logoSurveyors from AccessAble spent several months at our hospitals surveying corridors, wards, parking facilities, clinics and other public areas of our hospitals and community sites. Patients, visitors and staff can use the guide to find a whole range of accessibility information, such as where a department is located in relation to the main entrance, where car parking spaces are located, whether there are lifts to access other floors, whether a hearing loop is fitted at reception, information about accessible toilets and much more.

The guides are available online at the AccessAble website for:

Disability Confident Committed

We have signed up to be a Disability Confident Committed employer and are committed to the following:

  • ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicate and promote vacancies
  • offer an interview to disabled people
  • anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health conditions, enabling them to stay in work
  • at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people.

There are currently three levels of the Disability Confident Commitment, of which the Trust has achieved level 1.

Patient groups

At Guy’s and St Thomas’ we are keen to hear about your experience of using our services. If you (or your carer, partner or family member) would like to share with us your positive story or tell us how we can improve regarding equality, diversity and inclusion, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch by emailing equalitydiversityinclusion@gstt.nhs.uk.

Staff networks

The equality Act and the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2) have been in operation since October 2010 and April 2012. They rely upon staff engagement on key issues, such as discrimination, harassment and having fair and transparent processes by providing supportive and flexible working arrangements, improving diversity at all levels, tackling harassment and discrimination and developing the skills and talents of all staff to improve service delivery and have better outcomes for staff and patients. One way of engaging with staff, is through staff networks. Each of the networks has an action plan that they are delivering on to support staff.

The networks are supported by the Trust equality and diversity team and we have four established staff networks in place.

  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)

    The BAME is a group of staff members, who share common, positive values and have different skills. The aim of the members of the group is to use their collective knowledge, experience and expertise to improve the working environment. Guy's and St Thomas' has over 40% of staff from black, asian and minority ethnic group and serves a diverse population. Networks are seen as vehicles for professional development, achieving a culture change and disseminating practical ways of managing diversity to the benefit of staff, patients and the organisation.

  • Disability staff network and Dyslexia network

    These networks offer support for staff who share common, positive values and have different skills. They help raise the profile of disability staff and provide advice and guidance, in a confidential and safe environment. They meet regularly and are open to all staff who have an interest in improving working lives of staff.

    The networks are looking at improving and developing the following:

    • supporting managers in making reasonable adjustments
    • supporting staff with dyslexia
    • supporting the WDES (Workforce Disability Equality Standard).

    Dyslexia is a hidden disability affecting around 10% of the population. It is the most common of the specific learning difficulties, a family of related conditions with considerable overlap or co-occurrence. Together these are believed to affect around 15% of people to a lesser or greater extent.

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff network (LGBT)

    The remit of the LGBT staff network is to raise the profile of the LGBT staff, support and provide advice and guidance in a confidential and safe environment. The network will give staff opportunities to seek the collective support from others in the Trust.

    Email lgbtforum@gstt.nhs.uk to join the staff forum and emailing list.

Our achievements

  • Mayor's Fund for London Work Experience Placement Provider of the Year 2015.
  • In 2015 we were named as a healthcare leader by Stonewall, the charity which campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
  • We've rapidly increased the number of apprenticeships we offer, and are aiming for 100 per year.
  • In the last few years the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has named a number of our staff in their list of black and minority ethnic (BME) pioneers.
  • The breadth of our work regarding diversity and widening access has helped see the Trust named as one of the top NHS places to work, as judged by the HSJ.
  • We've been acknowledged by the BBC as being a leader in getting people with autism into work.
  • Our widening access to employment and skills strategy has won a number of awards, helping homeless people and those with disabilities into jobs.
  • The Trust has over 100 people in our vibrant LGBT staff network.

We aim high to deliver excellence in all we do and recognise that the effective promotion and implementation of our equality and human rights scheme will play an essential part in helping to modernise the health service we provide.