Published: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Chair blog: equality




At the Golden Jubilee, we are incredibly proud of the diverse range of staff who allow us to continuously improve and deliver the highest possible standards of care for all of our patients.

With this in mind, we were delighted to join with individuals and organisations around the world to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

IDAHOT has taken place every year on 17 May since 2004, as an awareness raising tool to draw attention to the acts of violence and discrimination that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community experience internationally on a daily basis. This date was specifically chosen as it is the same day in 1990 that the World Health Organization made the decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental health disorder.

As part of our ongoing dedication to this event, our Executive Team recorded a series of short messages in support of IDAHOT; this can be found on our Youtube Channel at the following link:

We also continued our annual tradition of raising the Rainbow Flag outside the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre. This year staff from all across the organisation formed a human rainbow to celebrate the occasion in style. A short video can also be found by heading over to:

We are committed to creating a working environment that not only welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, but actively highlights and celebrates this diversity for every patient, guest, visitor – and member of staff - that walks through our doors.

Over the past few years we have continued to invest in, and find new ways to create, an inclusive work environment for all our staff.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) LGBT Workers Conference, actively encourages employers throughout the UK to take positive steps to do the same, so we were delighted that the Beardmore was able to host this for the first time this year.

We have had a fantastic 12 months, becoming the first NHS Board to have both myself as Chair and Jill Young, our Chief Executive, sign the Stonewall No Bystanders Pledge to eradicate bullying and harassment in the workplace. We were also named the “Most Improved Employer” by Stonewall, climbing 53 places in the Workplace Equality Index (WEI) to number 73: ranking in the top 100 for the first time.

Our Values based workforce has proven to have a positive impact not only on the experience of our team, but of our patients. In the most recent National Inpatient Survey, 94% of patients who responded rated the Golden Jubilee between eight and 10 out of 10 for their overall experience.

As we move ahead, we will continue to build on our inclusive, Values based, workforce: the happier our team, the better service we can provide to each and every one of you, the people of Scotland.

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