28th August 2015 – Staff take time out to celebrate diversity in the workplace
Over 400 employees took part in a staff event at Airedale Hospital which celebrated diversity in the workplace.
Some highlights from the event were:
- a seminar about transgender delivered by Saorsa-Amatheia, national diversity ambassador
- the launch of a #hellomynameis campaign at Airedale Hospital – founded by Kate Granger, a doctor who became frustrated at the number of people who failed to introduce themselves when she was being treated for cancer
- a presentation of certificates to three employees who won Pride of Airedale awards for their achievements – Jill Watts, Judith Craven and Claire Heal – by chief executive Bridget Fletcher
- a video booth where staff were asked to record what delivering ‘right care’ meant to them
- meditation and massage sessions to help staff relax.
The event was held in a marquee on the hospital site between 11am – 2.30pm, Wednesday 19 August, the day before the public open day.
Staff could drop in and visit over 30 interactive stalls featuring health and wellbeing, local staff benefits, equality and diversity, and a ‘Right Care zone’ with information on values and behaviours. Entertainment was provided by Bollywood dancers and a steel band and there was a buffet featuring food from around the world.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:“The event was a real success – we had more staff take part this year than ever before. It gave our employees the chance to find out more about what it means to have an inclusive workforce and to have some fun. Sunny weather also helped to create a great atmosphere on the day.
“Whether staff helped out before, on the day, after, or supported colleagues by continuing to care for our patients and carry on with their daily work whilst the event was being held, I would like to thank everyone for their support.
“My thanks also to all our external speakers and exhibitors, whose diverse and interesting contributions helped make the day so enjoyable”.