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Date: 18 September 2021
In collaboration with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust recently held a training day to raise awareness of the issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender people (LGBT+).
The training focused on the challenges that people within the LGBT+ community face and gain insight into the role of becoming a ‘Diversity Champion’. This included how to have difficult conversations with colleagues and how to challenge negative cultural behaviour.
Hazel Pither, the Trust’s Operational Lead for Equality and Diversity, said: “We hope that this training will increase staff confidence when working with patients and staff who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender, by better understanding their individual needs.”
Hazel continued: “It is important that the Trust continues to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by the LGBT+ community and improve its efforts to be more inclusive.”
What is a Diversity Champion?
They are a designated person within a business who helps to create a diverse and accepting workplace culture. Someone who feels passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion.
What do they do?
There are many things a Diversity Champion could do. Some of these are:
Why is this role important?
Creating an accepting, inclusive and educated culture is not only important to reduce the chances of discrimination, it will also allow all employees to feel welcome, safe and valued.
Evidence shows that if someone feels happy and secure at work, they’re more likely to stick around for longer and perform better in their role. It goes without saying that an openly diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace will attract more of the best talent and could even be the reason why someone chooses to work here at the Trust.
This course was offered alongside other Equality and Diversity training in celebration of LGBTQ+ History month.
LGBTQ+ History month is every February and is an observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
Further equality, diversity and inclusion training for Diversity Champions will be offered in the future.