Ambulance service makes top 100 for workplace equality
North East Ambulance Service has been named in the 2017 Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.
The Trust, which employs more than 2,500 people, including an estimated 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, was ranked 60th in this year’s list.
Stonewall campaigns on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. More than 1,000 organisations have taken part in the Workplace Equality Index since it began 10 years ago.
NEAS is the third highest ranking Health and Social care organisations in the UK up from fourth last year and the top performing Ambulance Service. NEAS is also the top performing emergency service in the region.
This ranking recognises the Trust’s efforts to engage with more LGBT employees and patients as well as make improvements to service and employment practices.
Over the last year the Trust has been involved in a range of initiatives including: improving our engagement with LGBT patients and stakeholders; getting more employees involved in the Proud@NEAS employee network; and working with local transgender organisations to identify and overcome barriers.
Mark Johns, NEAS engagement manager, said: “It’s fantastic that the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of our employees continues to be recognised and we would like to thank employees, stakeholders and everyone who has helped us.
“As an emergency service which deals with the public on a daily basis, treating staff and patients fairly is one of our fundamental principles and something we are committed to.
“We understand that people work better when they can be themselves, and for that to happen, we need to create an inclusive working environment that values the contribution everyone makes. We hope this recognition will make North East Ambulance Service an even more attractive organisation to work for.”
Ben Sargent, vice chair of the Proud@NEAS group, said: “I am extremely proud of the work undertaken, in particular the Proud @NEAS group, the work the Trust has been involved in would not have been possible without dedicated employees”.
Catherine Young, champion for equality on the NEAS executive board, said: “We are delighted to make the top 100 for a second year running, we will use this result to build on this achievement.”