Top 50 Stonewall ranking for ambulance service

Top 50 Stonewall ranking for ambulance service

North East Ambulance Service has been named one of the most improved organisations in the 2016 Stonewall Top 100 Employers list after climbing 176 places up the list.

The Trust, which employs more than 2,500 people, including an estimated 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, was ranked 46th in this year’s list– and is now the joint third highest ranking NHS organisation in the UK.

This year’s ranking is the best ever for NEAS, having previously achieved 70 in 2010. In 2015, the Trust ranked 222nd.

It rewards the Trust’s efforts to engage more LGBT employees and patients as well as improvements made to services and employment practices.

Over the last year this has included creating better understanding and awareness across the Trust, introducing of a new Proud@NEAS Staff Network and improving our engagement with LGBT patients and stakeholders.

The Trust was also mentored by Gentoo, a previous Stonewall Champion, as part of Stonewall’s Star Performers initiative.

Mark Johns, NEAS Engagement Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of our employees has been recognised and we would like to thank Gentoo for their support throughout our journey”.

“As an emergency service which deals with the public on a daily basis, treating staff and patients fairly is one of our fundamental principles and something we are committed to.

“We understand that people work better when they can be themselves, and for that to happen, we need to create an inclusive working environment that values the contribution everyone makes. The Stonewall framework has helped us to make significant improvements for LGBT employees over the last year and the feedback we have received will help to keep the momentum and identify where we can make further improvements.

“We hope this recognition will make North East Ambulance Service an even more attractive organisation to work for.”

Vincent McCluskey, chair of the Proud@NEAS group, said: “I am extremely proud of the work undertaken by NEAS and in particular the Proud @NEAS group which has helped us achieve this position in the Stonewall rankings.

“NEAS, for me, has always been an employer and an organisation that values its staff and the diversity they bring and this achievement goes to show that.”

Catherine Young, Champion for Equality on the NEAS Executive Board, said: “We are delighted that the enthusiasm and actions of the Trust to embrace equality and diversity have been recognised, and I’ll be working with all involved to build on this achievement.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “NEAS and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement.

“I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.”

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