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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, including:

  • 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 Network

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."