Published: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Golden Jubilee is UK’s top health organisation for equality
The Golden Jubilee Foundation has been named the Top Health and Social Care Provider in the UK in the prestigious Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2016.
The Foundation, which incorporates the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Research Institute, Conference Hotel and Innovation Centre, has also climbed 41 places over the last 12 months, being ranked as the 29th organisation in the UK as a whole, achieving their highest ranking since entering the WEI.
The WEI measures how well an organisation meets the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) members of staff, and is widely accepted as a good indicator of progress against equality targets generally.
Jeane Freeman, Chair of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, commented on the announcement: "At the Golden Jubilee Foundation, we focus consistently on the patient and our approach to healthcare has at its heart, our values of equality, dignity and respect and this is evident in our work every day.
"We value the rich talents, skills and experiences of our diverse staff and they are critical to our provision of the highest standard of care and service for everyone, delivered in an environment that is inclusive.
"Having been the top performing health organisation in Scotland for the past five years, we are delighted now to be recognised as the top performing UK health and social care employer in the Workplace Equality Index. "
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, added: "Everyone deserves a workplace that is inclusive, where they feel valued and treated equally and where they don't face prejudice or discrimination. We know that LGBT people can still have negative experiences at work and that more needs to be done to make sure that everyone is treated fairly at work. I would urge employers to take part, as we do in the Scottish Government, in Stonewall Scotland's LGBT role models and allies training programmes and put their learning into practice at work.
"I'd like to congratulate everyone at the Golden Jubilee Foundation on the tremendous achievement of being recognised by Stonewall as the top health and social care employer in the UK."
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said:" The Golden Jubilee Foundation 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".
The Golden Jubilee Foundation has also been highly commended by Stonewall for the work of their network group.