Staff open day celebrates differences
It was all about celebrating differences at the staff health and wellbeing day at Airedale Hospital last week with over 400 members of staff dropping in to the annual event on Friday.
There were 35 interactive stands and several zones to visit including an inclusion zone where they could find out about the work of the disability, LGBT, BAME and gender staff focus groups, a self-care zone where staff could receive mini treatments and a flu zone where staff could get their flu jab.
Some highlights from the event were:
- A talk from Helen Hallam, a trans woman who has taught Psychology to carers for 30 years at Bradford College, about the issues faced by the LGBT community and how care impacts on the sense of self.
- Music from the Sing from the Heart choir
- A talk from a member of staff about living and working with a mental health condition
- Demos from Sling Swing – a fitness class to do with your baby
- The chance to meet students from Keighley College who will be joining the trust on the first supported internship programme for students with learning disabilities
- A free lunch and ice cream sponsored by Sovereign healthcare and the Staff Lottery
Nick Parker, Director of HR and Workforce at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Our aim is to be an inclusive employer and health care provider for our local population. Events like these bring colleagues together from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences to learn, share and have some fun. I would like to thank all those involved, especially the organisers, external speakers and exhibitors and sponsors who contributed to making the day interesting and enjoyable.”