The Trust is an anti-racist organisation. We will not and do not tolerate racism.
As we have seen this week, simply being against racism is no longer enough. If we see something, we must actively say something. If you face abuse, do not accept it. If you see someone else being abused, do not ignore it.
Be in no doubt – unacceptable language or behaviour towards others has no place in our culture, within our wards, in our community or our workplaces. We encourage you to speak up, call it out and reject it. We want staff, service users and carers to feel supported and safe, irrespective of skin colour, culture, ethnicity or faith, gender, sexuality or if they have a disability.
Our most recent staff survey clearly shows that racism is an issue in the NHS, with 6 per cent of colleagues experiencing discrimination at work within the last 12 months. This is shocking but we must recognise it is still out there and we have to come together to stop it. We will support you every step of the way.
As a first step you can speak to your line manager, report it through colleagues in the People team here or talk to our brilliant Freedom to Speak Up Guardians here email@example.com
I am proud of our diverse workforce and the care we provide to everyone, no matter their background. We will play our part in creating a society free from discrimination and a workplace that is safe, happy and where everybody can thrive.
There is more to do, but with your help as a colleague, volunteer, patient or partner, we can achieve equality for all. You can learn more about Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Equality and Diversity policies here
Let’s continue to be actively anti-racist and work together for a better future for all.