Local health teams to support Diversity and Human Rights Week


The Lincolnshire Community Health Service (LCHS) NHS Trust will be supporting this year’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week (May-11-15).

The week, organised by NHS Employers, shines a light on the ongoing work across the NHS to ensure it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations and is a place where staff from all backgrounds will want to work.

From Monday, May 11, to Friday, May 15, NHS organisations across the country will be promoting their achievements in this area, showing how they make equality part of everything they do, improving the quality of services for patients and the working lives of staff.

Rachel Higgins, Equality and Diversity Manager at LCHS, said: “Equality is the golden thread that runs through all that we do at LCHS and the opportunity to promote equality through the week with NHS Employers is definitely ‘linking our thinking’.”

LCHS will be promoting equality areas throughout the week by:

- Signing up to the British Deaf Associations’ Charter for British Sign Language.

- Delivering Dementia Awareness sessions and signing up more Dementia Friends through the Equality Lead of teams across LCHS

- Launching a Diversity Events Calendar and Age in the NHS

- Discussing the launch of a Straight Allies Programme with the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff network.

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of the NHS Employers, said: “This year’s theme is ‘Linking Our Thinking’ and, in this spirit, we are trying to cover as many aspects of diversity during the week as we can.

“In the same vein, we are also encouraging as many organisations across the health and social care sector as possible to get involved,” he added.