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Birminham St Mary's Hospice named an ‘Investor in Diversity’

Category: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospital, Hospice, Investor in Diversity Award, Social and Wellbeing committee, National Centre for Diversity

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Birmingham hospice receives prestigious diversity award

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is the first UK hospice to be presented with an Investors in Diversity Award, due to its outstanding demonstration of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices in the workplace.

The Birmingham-based charity was named an Investor in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity, who commended it for embedding practices which benefitted its patients and staff and volunteers.  

The Hospice was particularly praised for its dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, which has established an inclusivity-centred approach to implement a programme of equality events.

Events included inviting community leaders to the Hospice to deliver educational workshops; hosting celebration days to educate employees and volunteers about various faiths and holy festivals; creating information flyers in seven different languages; and showing support for the LGBT community at Birmingham’s popular Pride festival.

The National Centre for Diversity was also impressed with the Hospice’s ‘Community Development and Partnerships Lead’ role. This role – which is headed up by Sharon Hudson, a senior specialist community nurse – aims to bridge the gap between the Hospice and Birmingham’s diverse community groups. Sharon does this by meeting with community groups to discuss their palliative and end of life needs, as well as looking at ways in which the Hospice might address them.   

The work of the Hospice’s Social and Wellbeing Committee was also praised, due to its commitment to addressing mental health in the workplace. Through their popular awareness days – in which the committee hosts a number of information workshops – the committee has helped to break the silence on mental health by encouraging staff and volunteers to engage in conversation and open up about their own experiences. 

Helen Reeves, Head of HR at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Hospice has been named an Investor in Diversity. At the Hospice, we are committed to providing the best hospice care to everyone who needs it and so we’re working hard to make sure that barriers such as religion, ethnicity, age or wealth are not obstacles to accessing our care. That’s why, over the past few years, we’ve been putting in a number of measures to ensure that we are an all-embracing place of care and work and so it’s fantastic to be recognised for this.”

Birmingham St Mary’s will hold the award for two years and the Hospice is already aiming to improve their efforts in the hopes of achieving the more advanced leadership award.

For more information about the Hospice, please visit: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk  

 

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