An Inclusive Employer
An inclusive employer
As an NHS provider we are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity and creating opportunities for all, where individuals from every background feel valued and respected and where differences will be appreciated, and discrimination is not tolerated.
We welcome all applicants inclusive of protected characteristics and the many other parts which make up a person’s identity.
Our staff are at the very heart of our organisation and we recognise the valuable contribution that each and every person working at the Trust makes. We are committed to creating a culture of inclusivity and to making a positive difference to the lives of those we work with and care for.
As a Trust we are working towards a more representative and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications for all roles from people in the BAME, LGBTQ+ and Disabled communities.
We have expanded our interview guarantee scheme to include not only Disabled applicants but also applicants from BAME and LGBTQ+ communities who meet the essential criteria for our Senior roles.
We have developed a new Recruiting manager’s toolkit that includes a new Unconscious Bias training package to help us create a more inclusive recruitment process and a more supportive and relaxed environment through the whole recruitment process.
Welcome to our Networks
We currently have three well established staff inclusion networks (BAME, LGBTQ+ and Disability) who provide guidance and support to the organisation and its leaders at all levels to ensure we make the ‘right’ decisions first time.
We have a newly launched Faiths network and are working towards an Armed Forces/ Veterans Support Network.
We are fully committed to supporting these networks and their ongoing work and we are committed to establishing further networks to enable staff to raise issues and seek support relating to protected characteristics.
▼ BAME Network
We are an active network of BAME colleagues and allies working together with the aim of helping create a culture where all staff and patients - regardless of their race or ethnicity - feel supported, cared for, and are treated with dignity, kindness and respect.
The BAME Network meets monthly to progress three key areas:
- Support and Advocacy
- Training and Education
- Recruitment and Retention
▼ LGBTQ+ Network
The network aims to provide LGBTQ+ and their allies a voice to support the Trust board and Executive make positive changes to improve patient care and a psychologically safe and flourishing work environment for all staff.
Our LGBTQ+ network assist the Trust Board to tackle some of the key barriers to healthcare for LGBTQ+ patients whilst also promoting a more diverse and inclusive workplace for the Trust’s LBGTQ+ staff and allies, aligning with the Trust 4Ward behaviours ‘listen, learn and lead’.
The network will also look to establish links with other LGBTQ+ networks in Worcestershire and with the University of Worcester.
▼ Disability Network
The Staff Disability Network is for all staff with a disability or long-term health condition and their allies who work for the Trust. The group provides a platform for disabled colleagues to be able to support one another, share work related experiences and influence WAHT future policy/practice.
As a Network we -
- Provide a regular forum for discussing disability related issues at work.
- Provide networking opportunities/meeting other people with lived experience of disability.
- Offer support, advice and information to all staff members.
- Make sure that all relevant information from disabled staff is communicated back to WAHT.
- Educate and promote good practice regarding staff disability, across WAHT.
- Help make WAHT a great place to work.
▼Spirituality and Faiths Network
We are a new network of colleagues and allies from all faiths or no faith working together with the aim of creating a culture where the value of Spiritual care is an integral part of healthcare.
The Network meet regularly to:
- Create a better understanding between faiths.
- Work to improve spiritual care for our patients.
- Contribute to the Trust’s overall Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme.
To find out more on the support this network provides or to get involved please contact our Chaplaincy Team on +44 (0)1527 505723.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual reports can be found here:
Our Workforce Race and Workforce Disability Equality standard reports and action plans can be found here: