Stonewall Workplace Equality Index top 100 – we're at 32

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The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index has been released and we’re the highest ranked NHS trust in England – at 32.

This is a jump of 20 places since we were last listed two years ago.

There were 13 health and social care organisations in the top 100 (public and private sector).

In addition to ranking at 32, our LGBT Network was also highly commended.

The Workplace Equality Index is Britain's leading tool for employers to measure their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Since 2005, more than 750 major employers have taken part in the Index using Stonewall's criteria as a model for good practice.

This year, a record 415 entered the index, hoping to be ranked amongst the best for supporting LGBT in the workplace. The 2016 index has taken a first step in becoming transgender inclusive, with the addition of gender identity criteria.

Christine Rivers, our Head of Equality and Human Rights, said: "We're delighted to be ranked the top NHS Foundation Trust in England in the Stonewall Index 2016.

We have been focusing on LGBT equality over the last four years and have improved our position from 221 in 2012, to 32 in 2016.

We strive to achieve equality at Oxleas and this is embedded in our culture.  Our LGBT and straight ally networks are very pro-active in raising the profile of LGBT staff and service users across the trust.

"We have an LGBT network and an active LGBT Executive, who have developed LGBT champions across the trust. Members of our straight ally network organised our Pride event last year.
"In the last year, we have regularly consulted with our LGBT service users in conjunction with the Metro, a local equalities charity, specialising in LGBT and with them, we have built a training package and delivered this to other NHS trusts, including an e-learning tool for staff."

Published on 20th January 2016