Kettering General Hospital has been nationally recognised for the work it does to provide fair and equitable services for the diverse communities it serves.
NHS Employers – the organisation which represents NHS workforce leaders - has selected the trust as one of 26 NHS organisations in the country to be 2016–2017 Diversity and Inclusion Partners.
To be selected, the trust had to provide NHS Employers with a portfolio of evidence that demonstrated how they put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything they do.
And this week it was awarded the highest score in England for its application.
Equality and diversity lead Chaman Verma said: “We are very pleased and proud that that the hard work of everyone around equality and diversity at KGH has been nationally recognised.
“Partnership status enables us to share our own good practice with other NHS organisations.
“It also enables us to incorporate good practice from other exemplar sites to further improve the way we recruit and support staff as well as provide sensitive and appropriate services to our local community.”
In their feedback, NHS Employers said they were particularly impressed by some of the trust’s examples of good practice.
These included: provision of training for staff to obtain basic level qualifications in maths, English and ICT (GCSE A-C equivalent), providing a ‘meet and greet’ service at the hospital’s main reception, supporting staff through a practice and professional development forum, and having job applications in easy read format to support people with learning disabilities.
Director of human resources and organisational development Mark Smith said: “Kettering General Hospital is an important part of our local community and therefore it is very important to us to ensure we provide fair and equitable opportunities for our patients and members of staff and working across the NHS in a partnership approach will help us to strengthen further in this area.”
In a feedback letter to the trust Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion for NHS Employers, said: “The independent assessors concluded that the above examples represented just a few of the many examples provided which led the trust to be awarded the highest score on their application.
“The trust have put equality and diversity at the heart of the work they carry out for patients and for employees.
“This is demonstrated time and again in the application by examples of good practice with clear leadership.
“We would like to congratulate your trust for the progress they have made.”