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Wigan Takes Pride

Newsdate: 28 August 2015

Wigan Takes PrideWrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT is committed to ensuring that all our employees have a positive experience of working for the trust and are treated with respect and dignity.

The Trust’s Inclusion and Diversity committee are dedicated to raising awareness and promoting equality, diversity and human rights throughout the Trust and in the wider community.
This week we are proud to announce our partnership with the University of Manchester, to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) awareness. This work is in support of this year’s Manchester Pride.  As a symbol of the partnership WWL staff helped to erect the Rainbow Flag, demonstrating our support of LGBT. We are proud to be an inclusive employer and an organisation that treats all our patients as individuals, respecting their values and differences.

Dr Umesh Prabhu is WWL’s Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Medical Director and is one of the Top UK Pioneers for Inclusion and Diversity. Dr Prabu commented: ‘I’m delighted that WWL is supporting Manchester Pride 2015. This is a great opportunity to celebrate WWL’s pride in its diverse and inclusive workforce. Our staff will have a great time at Pride, they are there representing values, firm in our belief that happy staff makes for happy patients’.

Manchester Pride 2015 is a key part of WWL’s schedule of events to promote all protected characteristics covered under the Equality Act 2010. The University’s theme this year will be 'The University of Manchester - Devoted To Equality Since 1824'. Volunteers from both the University and the Trust will be taking part in the Pride March in Manchester City Centre on Saturday 29 August.

WWL recognises that people, from all sections of society, can experience prejudice, discrimination or disadvantage for different reasons and at different times in their life. We understand that as individuals we are all diverse and as such our experiences and needs are very different. As a values based organisation we believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff should be treated with respect and dignity, and that no one should be treated less favourably than others.

The Trust’s Staff Side Equality Lead commented “It is so great that the Trust is getting involved in the Manchester Pride celebrations this year. It sends such a strong positive message to the community, patients and employees that inclusion and diversity is very important to the organisation.”