Published on: 25th February 2022
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has received a Stonewall Gold award for its commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion at work.
As part of the Stonewall’s ‘Bring yourself to work’ campaign, highlighting the importance of inclusive work environments, this award recognises organisations for their commitment and efforts to becoming an LGBTQ+ employer.
LPFT’s Chief Executive and LGBT+ staff network Executive Sponsor Sarah Connery, said:
“I am delighted we’ve been recognised as a Gold employer. It means so much! For us, it is so important that we are an organisation where our people feel welcome, respected and represented at work. We believe everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work and this is a really great way in confirming our commitment to creating a culture where our LGBTQ+ colleagues can thrive.
“We know there’s still more to do, but we are proud of our achievements so far and especially maintaining against the backdrop of the pandemic in the last 2 years. We’re hopeful we will see even more improvements in the coming year.”
Liz Ward, Director of Programmes at Stonewall (she/her) said:
"We spend so much of our time at work, and our career can be a huge part of how we define ourselves. Every single lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person should be able to be themself at work. From understanding how HR policies, such as parental leave, will affect them, to being reassured that they can speak openly about their lives and partners at the coffee machine, the impact of inclusive workplaces can be life-changing.
"It’s fantastic that LPFT has gained a gold award for their efforts and commitment to creating an inclusive work environment, and we look forward to seeing and supporting the rest of their inclusion journey.”
For more information on LPFT and current vacancies, visit www.lpft.nhs.uk.