The Trust has four staff networks (BAME, Disability, LGBT+, and Women) to offer support and a safe and comfortable space to staff groups who might benefit from focussing on what they need to progress in their careers and for their personal development.

All staff are welcome to join Staff Network Meetings. Details of these can be found on the internal staff intranet.

The LGBT Network

The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) staff network provides support to staff and advises the Trust on the development of services and policies in order to address inequalities.

Andrew Horobin is the LGBT+ Network lead. He can be contacted via: ahorobin@nhs.net

Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Gilulley is the Board Sponsor and champion of the network. The LGBT Staff Network provides an opportunity for Trust staff to meet, share experiences of working for the Trust and to encourage compliance with employment law. Support for our LGBT network demonstrates the organisations commitment to equality and diversity and shows that we values our entire staff.

Stonewall
The Trust is part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme. The focus of this is LGBT equality in the workforce and the Trust has access to support and advice from Stonewall. ELFT has Stonewall Health Champions focused on improving patient care. We also has a Straight Allies Programme within the organisation which is based on the guidance published by Stonewall. Any member of staff can become a Straight Ally

The Disabled Staff Network

The Disabled Staff Network  provides support to staff and advises the Trust on the development of services and policies in order to address inequalities and advance disability equality.

To contact the Disabled Staff Network lead, email: elft.ability@nhs.net

The Disabled Staff Network provides support to staff and advises the Trust on the development of policies and practice in order to address inequalities and advance disability equality in the workplace
The Network provides an opportunity for Trust staff to meet and discuss experiences of working for the Trust and to encourage compliance with employment law.

Mason Fitzgerald is the Trust’s executive level champion for disability and is committed to driving this agenda forward as a priority at a Board level. Staff are encouraged to get involved in the Network to help improve staff experience at work in relation to disability, mental health and long term health conditions.

 It is important for the Trust to understand the diversity of its staff and how we can ensure that everyone is treated fairly and honestly.

The Women's Staff Network

The Women's Staff Network is a space for discussion, to look at what women need to challenge and the obstacles they need to overcome.

The Women's Network lead is Sarah Canning who can be contacted via: s.canning@nhs.net

The Women's Network is a forum for listening too. Listening to peers but also to invited speakers who can hopefully inspire and enlighten women in the Trust. As well as specialist speakers, they host film screenings with discussion about the issues highlighted in the film. In short, the network aims to create an environment where women get positive exposure to ideas to build confidence and ignite ambition.

This includes looking at how Trust policies are utilised to address equality and support women. Eg. Flexible working, job shares and annualised hours. As these are all dependent on the needs of the service and the approach of managers - do they help? And looking at initiatives in other industries that could work in ELFT.

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff network is a forum that provides support to staff and advises the Trust on the development of services and policies in order to address inequalities and advance race equality.

Diana Okoukoni is the BAME Staff Network Lead. She can be contacted via: diana.okoukoni@nhs.net

​The BAME network provides an opportunity for Trust staff to come together and share experiences of working for the Trust and to encourage compliance with employment law. Support for our BAME demonstrates the Trust commitment to equality and diversity and shows that we value all our staff.

Chief Nurse Lorraine Sunduza is the Trust’s executive level BAME champion and is passionate about this agenda. Staff are encouraged to get involved in the BAME network to help improve staff experience at work and to help the Trust to understand the diversity of its staff and how we can ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

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