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Posted on the 4th June 2020

The Trust has joined organisations across the world to pledge support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people who have been deeply distressed by the death of George Floyd in America and subsequent protests all over the world.

This unsettling time comes as it is also clear that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate effect on BAME people and, in particular, those that work within the Trust. We still hear distressing stories about colleagues being subjected to discrimination by staff and service users and we are committed to driving change during these very sad times.

We have today published a statement on social media to clearly demonstrate our solidarity and reiterate our values of kindness, respect, teamwork and learning.

This is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Trust, Board and Executive Team to demonstrate commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) which is a top priority that we are determined to get right. To support this work we are recruiting a new Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead which you can apply for here.

In March, the Chief Executive Caroline Donovan issued a hard hitting statement to add her voice to the campaign against discrimination or abuse. In addition:

  • Caroline has written to all BAME colleagues
  • We have held two Chief Executive led forums to discuss issues affecting BAME staff, particularly how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Developed a bespoke Covid-19 personal risk assessment and had training for 200 managers
  • Developed guidelines to ensure a focus on equality across the Trust
  • Supported the continued actions from the ED&I Listening into Action (LiA) group

The ED&I team and colleagues from the ED&I Listening into Action group continue to work together to turn feedback and concerns into actions and initiatives that improve lives.

But be in no doubt – unacceptable language or behaviour towards others has no place in our culture, within our wards or our workplaces. We encourage you to speak up, call it out and reject it. We want staff, service users and carers to feel supported and safe, irrespective of skin colour, culture, ethnicity or faith, gender, sexuality or if they have a disability. We must change and challenge attitudes – and we want your help to do so.

If you face abuse, do not accept it. If you see someone else being abused, do not ignore it. If you know of a service user, carer or colleague being affected, challenge it. We will support you every step of the way.

We support justice and equality and we hold ourselves, our service users and their carers and families to the highest standards. You can too.