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This page was last updated: April 25th, 2022

Staff networks

There are currently the following Staff Networks running on a regular basis:

Book Club – This is a virtual club held every 5 weeks via Microsoft Teams. For more information contact rcht.odteam@nhs.net

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RCHT Voluntary Servicesmore information about RCHT Voluntary Services.

Contact Point for anyone interestedrcht.inclusion@nhs.net

Ethnic Minority

Status

Active- low attendance

When

Quarterly – 2nd week of the 1st month of the quarter

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

3 years old, low attendance due to operational pressures

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to race inequalities. The group discusses the data available through the WRES reports (likelihood indictors, staff survey etc.) and contributes to ideas for improvement.

BAME(Black and Asian Minorities)

To access these network meetings contact the BAME email: rcht.bme@nhs.net

Ethnic Minority Core Group

Status

Pending

When

TBC

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

Core members identified, currently organising start date

Other

The purpose of this group is to actively work on the WRES action plans. Membership for this group holds more accountability to take the actions forward.

BAME(Black and Asian Minorities)

To access these network meetings contact the BAME email rcht.bme@nhs.net

Disability

Status

Active- low attendance

When

Under review

Independent or Joint

Joint

Maturity

Recent decision to merge due to low attendance in all Trusts

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to disability inequalities. The group discusses the data available through the WDES reports (likelihood indictors, staff survey etc.) and contributes to ideas for improvement. This group covers all disabilities and signposts to other networks for more specific support.

LGBT

Status

Active- good attendance

When

Bimonthly – date changeable

Independent or Joint

Joint – CFT/CCG

Maturity

3 years old, good attendance from CFT colleagues but low attendance from RCHT and CCG

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to LGBT inequalities. The group discusses the data available through Pulse Check surveys, Freedom to Speak Up, patient complaints etc. and contributes to ideas for improvement.

Contact Point

To access these Network meetings colleagues should contact Rachel Tofts by emailing r.tofts@nhs.net

LGBT Allies

Status

Active- low attendance

When

Bimonthly

Independent or Joint

Joint – CFT/CCG

Maturity

Run by CFT/ CCG. Low attendance from RCHT staff

Other

The purpose of the LGBT allies group is to provide a forum for those who support the LGBT community but do not identify as LGBT. This is a working group that focuses on action plans and objectives. This group was set up following feedback from the LGBT community that they wanted the LGBT network to be predominantly a safe space for those that identify.

Contact Point

To access these Network meetings colleagues should contact Rachel Tofts by emailing r.tofts@nhs.net

Gender Equality

Status

Pending

When

TBC

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

Previously known as the Women’s Network, currently being rebranded as Gender Equality Network

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to gender inequalities. The group discusses the data available through the Gender Pay Gap (GPG) report, Staff Survey, Pulse Check surveys, Freedom to Speak Ups etc. and contributes to ideas for improvement.

Menopause Action Group

Status

Active- good attendance

When

3rd Wednesday of the month (1pm-2pm)

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

New working group as of Sept 2021, replaced previous Menopause Network which only met quarterly. Now meeting monthly to meet demand

Other

Menopause can be a highly emotive topic, with many staff members becoming emotional when sharing their lived experiences. Previously we had one Menopause group but the emotion and desire to share tips and support meant that we weren’t able to effectively work on our Menopause action plan. We made the decision to create two groups. The Menopause Action Group works to an agenda, with minutes and an action log. This lunchtime group focuses on activity such as policy, reasonable adjustments and education.

Menopause Support Group

Status

Active- good attendance

When

1st Wednesday of the month (7pm-8pm)

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

New support group, providing self-management tips and guidance

Other

This informal evening group focuses on sharing lived experiences, support and resources.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Allies (EDIAN)

Status

Active- low attendance

When

Bimonthly, typically 2 weeks of the month

Independent or Joint

Joint CFT

Maturity

Joint network established by CFT in Jan 2021. Recent surge in RCHT membership

Other

EDIAN is different from other staff networks, in that members often do not ‘represent’ the minorities that they are supporting. The group aims to be the link between colleagues who want to access further information around becoming more inclusive and curate tools to help them to do so. EDIAN aims to build resources, host talks, facilitate discussions and uncover biases.

Carers

Status

Dormant

When

TBC

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

Have not met in some time due to COVID-19 and changes in Network Chairs. Due to resume

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to inequalities for people with disabilities and those that care for them. The group discusses the data available through patient complaints, Staff Survey, Pulse Check surveys, Freedom to Speak Ups etc. and contributes to ideas for improvement.

Neurodivergent (Autism)

Status

Active- low attendance

When

4th Monday of the month (2pm-4pm)

Independent or Joint

Joint CFT

Maturity

Merging with CFT Network with ultimate plan of creating a SW Neurodivergent Alliance

Other

The purpose of this group is to share lived experiences, support and resources and discuss the overall action plans relating to inequalities for people with neurodivergence (e.g. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delays). The group is fairly informal, with conversational flowing organically. The group work on small projects and work with the EDI Leads to implement bigger projects.

Equality & Inclusion Steering Group (EISG)

Status

Active- good attendance

When

Bimonthly. Last Wednesday of the first month 11am-1pm

Independent or Joint

Independent

Maturity

Good attendance. Working group with fixed agenda.

Other

EISG is a formal steering group with an agenda and minutes. The purpose of the group is pull together the activity happening across all networks, through the EDI leads and Patient Experience Teams. The group discusses the data available through WRES, WDES, GPG, Staff Survey, Pulse Check surveys, Freedom to Speak Up, Datix and staff and patient complaints and contributes towards ideas for improvement.

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