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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust named eleventh most inclusive employer in the UK

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has been named as the eleventh most inclusive employer in the UK, in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list, which was published today.

UHMBT Inclusion and Diversity Team receive Inclusive Team of the Year from NHS Employers

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers showcases leading organisations working across all strands of diversity, and provides a definitive list of UK based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment within an organisation.

Powered by The Excellence in Diversity Awards, The list honours those organisations that promote all strands of diversity including Age, Disability, Gender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Race, Faith and Religion; with representation at management, senior, executive and board level.

Complied by a panel of judges including Miranda Wayland (ITV), Heather Melville (RBS) and Andy Woodfield (PwC), the list has been collated based on each organisation’s performance on a range of areas within the diversity arena. To be named, organisations had to provide sufficient evidence on various topics, including recruitment procedures, training, and a host of diversity related initiatives.

Karmini McCann, Workforce Business Partner/Inclusion and Diversity Lead, UHMBT, said: “We are thrilled with this achievement because it reflects all the hard work we have been doing to make our Trust more inclusive. Being inclusive is more than just addressing the Black Minority Ethnic issues facing current and future employees. It is also about recognising, accepting and celebrating the differences in us all – we are all unique and special in our own way and we all have something to contribute.

“The team have worked incredibly hard over the last year to help our Trust shift our culture with regards to inclusivity and whilst we still have a lot to do, their work has made a huge difference already.”

The Inclusion and Diversity leads at UHMBT have been working with staff from across the Trust to truly put inclusion and diversity on everyone’s radar.

David Wilkinson, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, UHMBT, said: “We are very proud that we have been named in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, and to come eleventh in that list is even better. The achievement recognises the outstanding efforts of our staff to make our Trust a better place to work in and be treated, regardless of who you are and what you believe.

“This isn’t the first achievement for the team this year. In May, they were named as Inclusive Team of the Year by NHS Employers, and as a Trust, we were chosen to be an NHS Employers’ Diversity and Inclusion Partner for 2016/17. Our ambition is to keep attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, and these achievements helps to show us that we are on the right track. Well done to everyone!”

Almost 100 outstanding submissions were received this year, including entries from British Airways, Ministry of Justice, The Open University, SKY, Age UK and ASDA. Taking the number one spot on the list is Touchstone, a charity providing mental health and wellbeing services to over 2,000 people per year.

Paul Sesay, CEO of The Inclusive Top 50, said: ‘’It is crucial to highlight best practices in workforce diversity. There is a need to promote these practices and the organisations carrying out pioneering work in this arena to set an example to other employers across the UK.

“An excellent response from 100 companies nationwide has ensured a wide spectrum of inclusive employers are featured, and I am delighted to announce The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List has identified true leaders in this field.”