We have been placed on the ‘Best Employers for Race 2017’ list by Business in the Community (BITC).
This is national recognition for the Trust, with the list having been released on Tuesday 31 October.
Our Trust is the only NHS organisation among the 66 on the list. It features alongside other organisations, which include the BBC, KPMG and the Secret Intelligence Service.
The successful organisations featured on the list had to demonstrate, via a competitive application process, that they are driving change at an organisational level and creating inclusive workplace cultures for people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background.
Chief Executive Simon Gilby, said: “I am very proud that our Trust has been recognised on BITC’s ‘Best Employers for Race 2017’ list.
“This is a great achievement for the Trust as this demonstrates our focus on improving progression and retention of our BAME people and commitment to being a more diverse and inclusive workplace.”
For more information about the list, please visit: https://race.bitc.org.uk/awards-benchmarking/best-employers-race-list-2017
This comes after the Trust has been named in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list.
The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, published by Excellence in Diversity, is a definitive list of UK-based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment within their organisation.
Inclusion in this list comes after the Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service has been nominated for, and won, a number of local and national awards for its work with BAME communities.
This service, which is delivered jointly by the Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, supports individuals experiencing depression and anxiety through talking therapies. To ensure access to all, IAPT serves its communities through specialist subgroups. Its BAME subgroup focuses on race equality and was recently recognised for its work, locally and nationally.
In July the group was recognised at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust’s Quality Awards when Chairman, Mr Jagtar Singh, named the subgroup winner of his special Chair’s Award. Since then, the IAPT BAME group were nominated for a National Diversity Award, a Positive Practice in Mental Health Award and a Black History Month Award.
The group promotes the service to the BAME communities through a range of community based activities. It also ensures IAPT literature is available in translated formats.
As a result of its work over the last three years, access to IAPT has risen within the following minority ethnic groups: Asian, up 12.9%, Black, up 21.9%, Mixed parentage, up 16.2%, and Eastern European, up 88.5%.