Trust’s delight at rise in national 100 index

Patrick Price, Northumbria Healthcare's equality and diversity and LGBT lead and champion.
Patrick Price, Northumbria Healthcare's equality and diversity and LGBT lead and champion.
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A health trust has been named among Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was named in Stonewall’s 2015 Workplace Equality Index, which lists the top 100 employers in the country – rising 50 places on last year’s position and the fourth highest healthcare service.

The index takes into account organisations’ policy and practice, staff training, engagement and communication, data collection, improving health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and workplace equality.

Patrick Price, general manager and the trust’s equality and diversity and lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lead and champion, said: “This represents a real breakthrough for the trust and sends a very clear signal that we are committed to fair and equal treatment for all of our staff and patients regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It was an excellent achievement to be named in the top 100 employers for the first time last year and for our performance to have improved so much in 2015 is credit to the hard work which has been taking place.

“As a trust, we are committed to promoting equality and celebrating difference and we are delighted that our efforts to engage with our diverse communities and create an inclusive workplace have been recognised nationally, and have had a positive impact on patient care.”

The results come two months after Patrick won the North East NHS Leader of Inclusivity of the Year Award. He goes onto the national finals which take place on March 31.