The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) Awards seek to recognise and celebrate the best employers for equality and inclusion and have successfully shortlisted Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for three prestigious awards.
The Trust’s Strategic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has been shortlisted for the ‘Senior Champion of the Year Award’ for her significant contribution to improving the culture at the Trust. Emma has been recognised for her achievements in her role and for her infectious positivity, trademark enthusiasm and the impact her personality has on the organisation.
Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I am really proud that we are shortlisted in three of the ENEi categories. The Trust works hard to ensure equality and inclusion are part of our culture. Our people work in challenging times and difficult environments and this external recognition that we consider patients, services users and staff as individuals and keep them at the heart of everything we do is really important to us.”
Deborah Wiltshire has also been shortlisted for the ‘Personal Achievement Award’ and has been recognised as an inspirational individual for her role as a Trust Equality and Diversity Champion. Deborah was involved in the Untapped Talent project which looked at staff experience as Black Asian and Minority Ethnicity workers.
Deborah Wiltshire, Temporary Staffing Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This was a complete surprise to me and I only found out when I saw the nomination on Twitter. I am so proud and honoured to be shortlisted and I am pleased that the work been done by the Equality and Diversity team is being acknowledged. This recognition is spurring me on to carry forward not just this agenda but for all of the protected characteristics within the Trust.
“I will be supported on the night by my colleagues from the Equality and Diversity team Emma Allen and Jo Harrison as well my line manager Dominic Cullen and Emma Dawkins the Head of Organisation and Development.”
The East Lancashire Community Restart Service has also been shortlisted for the ‘Community Impact Award’ for the work of its Service User Development Team (SUDT). Over the past 10 years the SUDT team has supported a total of 62 groups and projects ranging from small peer support groups to partnership work with other organisations to deliver activities forming part of million pound funding bids. These groups and projects have provided opportunities for over 1800 individuals to attend sessions whether that be to share hobbies, learn new skills, gain experience as a volunteer, support each other with difficult situations or simply to provide a chance to socialise.
Elaine Butt, Service User Development Team Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I’m extremely proud that the work of the team over the past 11 years has been recognised, from the start we have worked hard to be innovative, and work in partnership both with other organisations and people from local communities.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10 July at The Law Society in London. For more information about Equality and Diversity at Lancashire Care please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/ED and for more information about this year’s awards please visit www.enei.org.uk/events/enei-awards-2018/.