We are committed to creating an inclusive environment by striving to build a workforce which is valued and whose diversity reflects the communities it serves. We believe that this commitment will lead to improved services for our patients and greater equality in opportunities for our staff.
Our staff networks meet regularly and offer advice and support to staff. The networks also help to shape and contribute towards the Trust’s equality and diversity agendas.
We currently have the following staff networks:
MEGA (Multi Ethnic Group for All)
MEGA is a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic group (BAME) that endeavours to bring equality and fair treatment for all staff and volunteers from minority ethnic backgrounds working at Kingston Hospital. The group aims to provide a friendly and confidential safe space to share experiences and help to support positive change within the organisation. The group meets once a month and is supported by the EDI team to help promote inclusion events throughout the year such as our Festival of Culture, Black History Month and other initiatives. Allies are also encouraged to join.
PRIDE Kingston Hospital is a forum that supports the LGBTQ+ community and allies amongst Kingston Hospital staff. The group aims to provide a friendly and confidential safe space to share experiences and help to promote positive change within the organisation; meeting once a month and hosting social events outside of work. The network supported the launch of the NHS Rainbow Badges in 2020- staff can make a pledge to be a champion of LGBTQ+ inclusion and to proudly wear the NHS Rainbow Badge pin.
Kingston Ability is a forum to support staff who identify as having a long-term mental or physical health condition or a disability, and for colleagues who wish to support members as an ally. The group aims to provide a friendly and confidential safe space to share experiences and help to promote positive change within the organisation, such as the launch of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. The network meets once a month and offers a one-to-one drop-in service for any staff who would like support with any issues, in a more private setting.
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