ESBT staff from across the board have come together to learn from and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workforce.
From 25th September to 1st October, staff from all aspects of health and care were invited to a programme of events to celebrate National Inclusion Week. National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign headed up by Inclusive Employers which aims to highlight the importance of inclusion in the workplace.
The idea of inclusion aligns perfectly with our ESBT values and aims. In order for us to achieve our ultimate aim of a fully joined up health and care system, we all have to work together. The best way to enable this is to recognise and value that we are all unique, and we all bring different qualities to the mix so that everyone feels empowered and able to play their part.
The theme of National Inclusion Week this year was ‘Connect for Inclusion’. Throughout the week, we used technology to connect staff from sites across the ESBT ‘patch’ so that everyone was able to take part in our exciting programme of events. There were sessions on LGBT communities, deaf awareness, race equality and the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme who are working to improve health inequalities in the area. We also heard from Eastbourne-based charity Care for the Carers and Bob Gann from NHS Digital who told us about the exciting work taking place with homeless people in Hastings with Seaview Project. At each of these sessions we learnt about a particular community or group who may not always feel valued, respected or included and then we thought about how we can work together to change this.
The ESBT Alliance partners are proud to say that we strive to provide inclusive workplaces for our colleagues. We also recognise that the people we serve are diverse and their needs are varied so we will continue to look at new ways of involving everybody in the future of health and care services in East Sussex.