Staff networks

We value the equality, diversity and human rights of our staff and service users. As a public body each NHS organisation has a duty to ensure that, wherever possible, everybody can use or receive its services to the same standards regardless of:

  • race
  • disability (including learning disability)
  • gender
  • age
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • civil partnership
  • maternity and pregnancy
  • gender reassignment

Why do we need staff networks?

Staff networks offer a safe and supported space for people with protected characteristics and allies to share their views, ideas and experiences.

  • They provide an opportunity for staff to consult on and contribute to policies and other workforce related issues.
  • They deliver support, information and guidance.
  • They increase feelings of belonging and involvement for staff, allowing opportunities for celebration and raising awareness.

Our networks

  • Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) and Allies Staff Network
  • LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) and Allies Staff Network
  • MAPLE (Mental And Physical Lived Experience) and Allies Staff Network
  • Women and Allies Staff Network
  • Men's and Allies Staff Network​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Each network meeting has a peer support session which takes place before the main 
meeting. Peer support meetings include:

  • Menopause
  • Fertility
  • Return to Work

Staff network resources

Coming out at work guide

Sexual orientation and gender indentity guide

Useful contacts

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Telephone: 01522 421512


Useful websites