At BSUH NHS Trust all staff are expected to complete statutory and mandatory equality and diversity training every three years. Due to the scope of the subject matter and the different levels of understanding among different professional groups of staff, additional Q&A sessions and awareness sessions are going to be available throughout 2019 which focus on specific topics.  This has been requested by numerous staff attending training sessions throughout 2018.

You can either contact Olivia King directly for your whole team to have an awareness session at a time to suit you, or individual staff members will be able to book a spot online (from February 2019) using the BSUH learning portal, IRIS.

Staff who attend will receive a certificate of completion which they can use to demonstrate additional learning in terms of continuous professional development, for appraisals and to build up a portfolio of knowledge.

The sessions will last 20 to 30 minutes and will take place in a safe space which means that all questions will be respected and people will have the opportunity to explore topics at their own pace without fear of judgement. The sessions will be led by Olivia King, Equality Advisor. The sessions are in three core areas:

  1. Gender and sexual diversity: opportunity to ask questions about healthcare for minority gender and sexual identities, terminology, developing more inclusive services and raising gender awareness. The sessions tie in with our rainbow lanyards and pin badges initiatives and will give everyone including allies a chance to ask any questions they may have.
  2. Inclusive communication: especially useful for staff who are not familiar with everyday terminology used in England (e.g. if English is your second language, you have recently joined the Trust from another country) and what to build their confidence in communicating in the workplace with other staff and patients. The session will help you develop skills and give you examples of exercises you can use to practice.
  3. Working with interpreters: useful for staff who use interpreters regularly or even if it is your first time working with a patient who needs one. There will be tips, suggestions and helpful everyday practical advice on how to get the most out of the session. We will also explore the reasons we have communication standards in the NHS.

We expect the sessions to be popular as we have launched them due to staff demand. Depending on demand we will investigate launching sessions on additional topics that healthcare staff may find useful. To find out more about the above contact Equality@bsuh.nhs.uk.