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UHNM unveil LGBTQ+ inclusion banner at Royal Stoke

UHNM unveil LGBTQ+ inclusion banner at Royal Stoke.

In support of Pride Month, University Hospitals of North Midlands unveiled a new LGBTQ+ inclusion banner at Royal Stoke.

The banner shows 21 different flags representing that everyone is welcome here at UHNM.

The artwork is a great way of celebrating and appreciating diversity and is a visible message that everyone is welcome at UHNM and will be treated as an individual. UHNM also participates in the Rainbow Badge Project. NHS Rainbow Badges is an initiative that gives our staff a way to show that UHNM offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families, who identify as LGBTQ+.

It was recently unveiled by UHNM Chief People Officer, Jane Haire, Sallie Kimberley, Chair of the LGBTQ+ Network, Samantha Cartwright, Vice Chair of the Network, and Lisa Thomson, Director of Communications and Charity and Executive Sponsor of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network.

Jane said: “I am so pleased to be able to support our LGBTQ+ colleagues, especially during Pride Month. It’s fantastic to be part of such an inclusive organisation here at UHNM and to help ensure that our workforce is reflective of our diverse population, ensuring that everyone is welcomed.”

Lisa said: ““It is fantastic to see our message ‘Everyone is Welcome Here’ proudly displayed in the main entrance at Royal Stoke Hospital. Unveiling it in Pride month is really important as we need to actively show our support for colleagues from LGBTQ+ communities. Both the colleagues we work with and the people we care for come from a wide range of background and represent many different communities. It is important we celebrate our differences and work together to ensure everyone is made to feel welcome. I the look forward to seeing the banner up at County Hospital.”