Celebrating our differences
20 May 2013
With a workforce of around 4,500, Southend University Hospital has all the diversity of a small village.
So NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week was the perfect opportunity to highlight the different cultures, heritage and customs represented in the wards and departments.
The celebrations took a number of different forms,
- A touring exhibition staffed by the hospital's own equality
champions, with information to promote equality for all
- A 'Feed the World' celebration of the rich diversity
represented by the hospital's employees when staff brought sharing
dishes from their cultural heritage.
- The launch of the trust's first Black and Minority Ethnic
The engaging BME network launch was well attended, where our
values of Everybody Matters, Everything Counts, Everyone's
Responsible, were truly brought to life. It included an afternoon
tea and an interactive African drumming workshop. Staff had the
chance to speak openly about diversity issues and network with
colleagues across the organisation.
Amit Popat, the hospital's equality and diversity manager, said:
"The week was designed to highlight the importance of equality,
diversity and human rights and show that as an organisation we are
sensitive and sympathetic to everyone's needs.
"We are determined to break down barriers by making equality
part of everything we do so we can keep improving the quality of
our services for patients and the working life of staff."