Welcome to RCN London's brand new micro-site for our Inclusion Solution initiative. Here you will be able to find out more about our work and get involved; we're putting practical and creative solutions in one place.
Did you know that more than 100 different languages are spoken in virtually every London borough? From British sign Language (BSL) to Zakkur, our capital city is the most linguistically diverse in the world. Whilst London is a fabulous place not least for the wealth of opportunities it brings, there are aspects that are not so welcome. As Regional Director, I see countless examples of our members being discriminated against [often by their own colleagues] because of age, disability, race, religion, gender or some other characteristic protected by the Equality Act 2010.
Many of our members share their experiences of subtle, covert as well as more obvious bullying and discrimination. They have often felt unable to speak about their experiences, choosing to leave the jobs to find other places of work.
The dynamics of discrimination, exclusion and inequality that lurk in the shadows of organisational cultures and practices are adept at remaining hidden and unspoken about in the workplace. Yet their impact on our working lives can be deadly and destructive.
We believe that it is time to speak up and tackle these issues decisively once and for all. London’s nurses and healthcare support workers deserve much more.
The diversity of the healthcare workforce, not just in terms of its cultural richness, but also in relation to disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, faith and belief and other protected characteristics are facts of life to be celebrated. Ultimately though, Inclusion is our choice in ensuring that workplaces provide a safe and supportive environment that enables everyone to perform at their best.
That is why RCN London is creating the space to bring together a wide-range of stakeholders from across the capital who are focussed on how we can make inclusive workplaces a reality for us all.
Titled, the London Inclusion Solution, this regional initiative will facilitate a number of gatherings with a range of people including members, workplace representatives, employers and regulatory bodies in order to focus on how we can make inclusion a reality.
Data from a number of sources shows that levels of inequality in the workforce are rising and our role is to confront this inequality head on to both constructively challenge employers as well as work with them to create sustainable long-term change.
At RCN London we are not wasting any time and started the conversation with a launch event at our regional headquarters on 13 September 2017. The event highlighted the importance of a human-rights based approaches to work around inclusion and set out to remind all involved that inequality and discrimination harm the lives and careers of everyone.
Bernell Bussue, Regional Director