The official launch of the NELFT Rainbow Lanyard Scheme took place on Monday 26 February at the Trust HQ at CEME Centre in Rainham, Essex.
NELFT is only the second NHS trust to introduce the rainbow lanyards, after Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) created their scheme in February 2015.
The Rainbow Lanyard Scheme was launched by the Equality and Diversity team with the main aims being to help to encourage inclusiveness at the organisation, as well as to promote NELFT as an inclusive and diverse organisation.
The launch event of the Rainbow Lanyard Scheme saw speakers from across the public sector offer their support for the innovative scheme. Trudy Howson, the LGBT Poet Laureate, spoke at the event and performed a poem – well received by the attendees - and tweeted her support.
Other speakers included, Claire McComb, the lead officer of ELOP, and Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers. Mr Deemer tweeted his support for the scheme, adding: "it's important that local @NHSLGBT networks come together to act as a voice for staff." You can follow Paul Deemer on Twitter at @NHSE_Paul
John Brouder, NELFT chief executive, said: “We pride ourselves on being a forward thinking and inclusive Trust that values and supports all members of any community and are looking for innovative ways to show this continued support. I was proud to sign the LGBT+ pledge last month and I look forward to working with everyone at NELFT to ensure the success of the rainbow lanyard scheme. The scheme will encourage dialogue with staff, patients and service users and commitment to the LGBT+ agenda.”
Harjit K Bansal, equality and diversity manager, said of the event: “The scheme represents our commitment to the inclusion agenda and to eliminate discrimination for all of the protected characteristics.”
(Pictured above are the NELFT Executive Management team, with five Non-Executive Directors)
The launch of the scheme comes after the Trust saw the official signing of the NELFT LGBT+ pledge last month demonstrating support and inclusion from the executive management team and senior management for the LGBT+ staff at NELFT and patients that use our services. The pledge recognises the additional barriers some members of the LGBT+ community face in talking freely to clinical professionals.
To see further tweets from the event, follow the hashtag: #RainbowLanyardScheme
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