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Tackling discrimination in the workplace

19 Jun 2018

Ten members of staff from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTH) attended specially designed training to tackle hidden forms of discrimination head-on.

The RCN believes that skill, talent and ability are equally distributed across the nursing population but equality of opportunity is not.

Data has shown that NHS staff from a BAME background suffer disproportionately with respect to workplace disciplinary and grievance processes.
Institutional forms of discrimination as well as subtle and covert bias form part of the underlying reasons for this inequality. The RCN has recognised that tackling this can be tough. That’s why we are supporting a group of staff at BTH to do just that. 

Our bespoke ‘Cultural Ambassador’ programme provides an intensive learning and development package with a strong reflective element involving staff advocates and senior management and delivered by national and regional RCN staff.

In Yorkshire and the Humber Senior Officer Richard Deacon and Learning and Development Facilitator Gill Coverdale have worked with BTH Lead for Equality and Diversity Lorraine Cameron to bring a hybrid version of the programme to fruition at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, introducing Staff Advocates to represent LGBT and Disabled staff along with BAME colleagues. 

The intensive three day workshop, facilitated by RCN Equalities and Diversity Lead Wendy Irwin, and supported by Richard and Gill, was much appreciated by all those who took part.

Attendees’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive, including; “The quality of the training was superb and I would like to thank all three of you for the energy, effort and planning that went into the session. I hope we can do you proud!”

“Everything was perfect, relaxed atmosphere was nice, PowerPoint slides were good and easy to understand, the trainer was very engaged and kept us wanting to engage which is very rare in training”

“The course was excellent and in particular Wendy’s stories really helped to bring it alive. The re-cap on the third day and the role playing exercise was particularly useful.”

There will now be follow-up meetings to establish what changes are being put in place and to monitor the progress of the programme overall. 

For further information about how the law protects you and your colleagues from discrimination and how the RCN can support you please see our dedicated section listed under ‘get help’.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against at work you can also seek advice by calling RCND on 0345 7726100.