Published: Friday, February 15th, 2013
National hospital is first NHS organisation in UK to achieve stage two Investor in Diversity accreditation
Scotland’s national hospital is celebrating after becoming the first NHS organisation in the UK to achieve stage two (Full Investor) from Investors in Diversity.
The first NHS organisation in Scotland to sign up for the standard at the end of 2011, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital (NHS National Waiting Times Centre) is delighted to be named a Full Investor in Diversity.
Lindsey Ferries, Human Resources Director and Equalities Lead for the Golden Jubilee, said: “We were delighted to be the first NHS organisation in Scotland to commit to achieving this important accreditation and are even more delighted to be the first NHS organisation in the UK to be recognised at as a Full Investor in Diversity.
“As a national resource for NHSScotland, we strive to lead the way in everything that we do. Receiving this award from the Investor in Diversity programme is not only recognition of our commitment to diversity and equality but also recognises the significant contribution from our staff, patients, carers and volunteers to support this agenda.
“We are proud of our inclusive attitude and behaviours and have put in place a range of policies and procedures to ensure that we can continue to include and involve staff and patients in everything that we do.”
About Investors in Diversity
The Investors in Diversity (IID) accreditation scheme is designed to help organisations achieve an inclusive organisational culture which enables every employee to succeed and feel valued, regardless of their background.
It was first established in 2006 to enable and assist organisations of all kinds to adopt and develop behaviours and practices which promote inclusion, equality, diversity and achievement.
The scheme, which is administered by the National Centre for Diversity, requires organisations to undertake a structured journey towards accreditation, of which there are three stages:
• Stage one – Health Check for equality, diversity and inclusion
• Stage two – Full Investor in Diversity
• Stage three – Leaders in Diversity
Following achievement of stage two, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is now aiming for stage three, the highest accreditation available. Leaders in Diversity will aim to strengthen internal leadership capacity and relationships with external partners and to positively influence other organisations to make necessary and reasonable adjustments to the way they operate when it comes to equality and diversity.
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, commented: “Congratulations to the NHS National Waiting Times Centre on achieving Investors in Diversity at stage two initial review, making them the first NHS organisation in the UK to accomplish this. They have shown great commitment to date and continue to do so as they work towards the Leaders in Diversity Award.
“Leaders in Diversity is a whole organisation-wide approach for organisations who want to be the very best that they can be. There are only around 45 organisations that have embarked on the Leaders in Diversity journey in the whole of the UK. Organisations that achieve Leaders in Diversity have shown a high level of commitment and a genuine desire to become more equitable, diverse and inclusive and to create an organisation where ‘Fairness for all’ isn’t a catch phrase but is a reality that people recognise as being a truth in their organisation.
“I am delighted that NHS National Waiting Times Centre is making great progress and I look forward to working with them while they continue on their journey to become Leaders in Diversity.”