At NCH&C, we seek to improve the quality of people’s lives, in their homes and community by providing the best in integrated health and social care. We aim to do that by offering care that is compassionate and personal, recognising and responding to individual needs and circumstances. We recognise the importance of inclusion, equality, and diversity as factors in the delivery of high-quality patient care, staff retention and improving engagement levels and staff experience across the organisation.
We work together with the public and our patients to overcome barriers to delivering good care. As an employer, we give our staff equal opportunities and value our workforce's diversity.
How we're creating a We Care culture
Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor
To support our commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, NCH&C has appointed a dedicated Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor to lead and oversee our work in this area.
Since joining the trust in 2021, Mercy Kaggwa has been central to the work programme that seeks to eliminate inequalities and influence and embed inclusion within our organisation, engaging with NCH&C staff to develop a range of equality, diversity and inclusion-related initiatives and projects.
Created by Mercy, and with contributions from staff from across the trust, this bi-annual publication supports personal development and cultural understanding of how a diverse community can positively impact our lives. Equality, Diversity and Me is brimming with articles, discussions and stories from colleagues and spotlights on various inclusion initiatives across NCH&C.
We Care Documents
Find out more about our We Care culture
Carers Friendly Tick Award
The trust recently put in an application for a Carer Friendly Tick Award: Employers. We are delighted to announce that our application was assessed by a panel of carers and considered successful. Assessors were impressed that we have appointed a Board Lead for Carers, and by the detail and effort we have put into our carers’ statement, to ensure carers know how to access support internally. The panel said “this policy clearly shows the value and respect in which Carers on the staff are held.” A huge thank you to EDI advisor Mercy Kaggwa for all the effort she put into the application, it’s a fantastic achievement for the trust to be recognised with this award.
More than three in five of us will become unpaid carers in our lifetime. This means we will look after a family member, partner or friend who is disabled, has a long-term illness or is frail due to age.
Local charity Caring Together has produced a short film about what it means to be an unpaid carer. It’s only eight minutes long and may help you, a colleague or a friend.
There’s lots more information at caringtogether.org