In line with our trust values we wish to develop and promote a culture of dignity, respect and inclusion for all.
To support this we have in place a number of different staff networks that meet regularly to support, promote and advance equality in the workplace for those that have dyslexia and dyspraxia, that identify as black and Asian minority ethnic (BAME), are female, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and sexual minorities (LGBTi).
Each network has a board level sponsor.
Our BAME Network aims to provide a supportive space for BAME staff to share experiences, work collectively towards improving the trust equality policies and practices and implement change. The network also seeks to assist the Trust to achieve its Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) targets by putting into place a plan of action that supports the corporate goals in such areas as recruitment and leadership development for BAME staff.
Membership: The network is open to all BAME employees within the trust: full time, part-time, bank, students on placement and apprentices. Engagement is also welcomed from other employees who are committed to the aims of the network. The network is also open to colleagues who have a role in supporting the work environment for BAME colleagues and experience of patients.
The group was launched in national dyslexia awareness week 2019, where business and organisations empowering people with dyslexia was one of the themes. Dyslexia spans every job, every culture, every stage of life and every part of society. Mersey Care is playing its part in fostering an environment where people with neurodiversity are empowered to play to their considerable strengths.
The aim of this network is to promote equality, diversity, inclusion and pride in our LGBTI staff and to assist Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to deliver better services for all. We want to improve the working lives of LGBTI staff by empowering them to feel safe and able to be "out" at work, allowing all staff to bring their whole selves to work. This will benefit both our colleagues and our patients.
The aim of this network is to provide a supportive space for women to share experiences, work collectively towards improving the trust policies and practices, and implement change.
This network was set up by staff in North West Boroughs who have a disability but, as you can see from the network name, prefer to be recognised for their abilities first.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the prestigious Employers Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award in recognition of its support for the armed forces.