Our ambition is to co-create an inclusive organisation in which we are all welcomed, valued and empowered. Our 3 year WeBelong Inclusion strategy[pdf] 6MB sets out how we will meet this ambition.
At Barts Health we are committed to eliminating discrimination, ensuring equality of opportunity and promoting good relations between all people. We want to be a place in which everyone is treated fairly and respectfully, where everyone belongs and our diversity is celebrated.
These are essential ingredients of the WeCare values we are proud to hold as members of #TeamBartsHealth. Our values are visible in the way we work with each other, our patients and our communities. We are privileged to serve an incredibly diverse local population. Being fully inclusive also means providing equitable care to all our patients and improving health outcomes across east London. Our ambition to become an anchor organisation will seek to reduce inequalities within our local communities.
During this unprecedented pandemic we have worked hard together, learning to adapt the way we work in order to provide care in these new circumstances.
Sadly, Covid-19 has a disproportionate impact on our BAME patients and communities, including our own colleagues and their loved ones.In listening to colleagues we heard powerful stories of their lived experience of racism in society, in the NHS, and sadly in our Trust too. This needs to change. Racism is unacceptable.
We have also seen many staff with underlying health conditions shielding and many remain unable to do the job they were employed to do before the pandemic.
We are now accelerating our efforts to make lasting change happen more quickly.
Our co-chairs of the inclusion board, Alwen Williams, group chief executive, and Ajit Abraham, consultant HPB and trauma surgeon, are committed to making our #WeBelong ambition a reality for our staff, our patients and our communities. They will listen to all of our views. They will agree clear outcomes for the next few months and years, and be accountable for delivering them. Working in partnership with staff, patients and partners, they will put in place the resources and processes needed to ensure that Barts Health becomes an organisation where all of us feel that #WeBelong.