A year of Building a Fairer Oxleas

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We're celebrating a year of Building a Fairer Oxleas where across the whole trust we've been taking steps to make Oxleas an even better place to work.

Building a Fairer Oxleas is a programme of work involving frontline staff, senior managers and Board members in making positive changes to how it feels to work at Oxleas.

Over the last 12 months, the focus has been on developing fairer recruitment processes and improving cultural understanding.

Achievements so far include:

  • All executive team members being trained in cultural intelligence and inclusive leadership
  • Our new values – we’re kind, we’re fair, we listen, we care - and our behaviours focus on fairness and inclusion
  • 500 managers are to be trained about race
  • A 40% reduction in violence and aggression on key wards
  • 15 online well-being sessions hosted by senior leaders for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff
  • The launch of Our ‘Breaking the Band 7 Ceiling’ speaker series
  • ‘In each other’s shoes’ – a short film about microaggressions and microkindnesses
  • All interview panels now include Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic panelists.

Chief Executive Matthew Trainer said: "Lots of the work we have been able to do over the past year has been as a result of colleagues coming forward and having the courage and the patience to sit down and talk to us about the things they have been saying for some time. I hope that they can see that there are signs now that we really are trying to create structural change within the organisation."

The Building a Fairer Oxleas programme will continue and supports our trust strategy key priority of making Oxleas a great place to work. To find out more about the programme, watch the short animation below.

Building a Fairer Oxleas - OxWide broadcast

You can also watch a longer broadcast discussing what has been achieved so far and what we plan to do next.

Published on 15th June 2021