A women’s network aspires to boost morale whilst concentrating on improving employee experience and confidence within the workplace.
This network will provide an open forum for our colleagues to share their experience of the workplace in a supportive and safe environment. The network will provide a ‘listening ear’ for our colleagues as well as seeking their views to help shape our inclusion agenda and enable us to focus our efforts on actions that will make the biggest and most positive difference.
When is the next Women's Staff Network?
Please email the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team (email@example.com) for an MS Teams invite to be sent to you.
"As the Executive Champion, I am delighted to announce the launch of the Women’s Staff Network. Women’s networks are so important to me and I am very excited to take forward this network which is for women, about women and will focus on positive action to shape the workplace for all women working at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
"Women make up 73% of the workforce at the Trust and of all the five staff networks the women’s group has the potential to draw a very high number of people and we would like to encourage women of all grades, roles and ages to join the Women’s Staff Network. The network has been set up for the benefit of its members offering a safe space to share experiences, seek and offer support and ideas and receive helpful information. Through participation in this dynamic group you will be able to create momentum for change and have a voice which helps shape the future. This is also an opportunity to celebrate what works well for you but also what issues affect you day to day. There has been lots of activity already from different groups in the community and I am positive this network will provide a valuable opportunity for change.
"I would encourage women to join the network, we need to ensure we change the conversation and listen with interest and without judgement, to open our minds to the actions we need to take to maintain a hospital and workplace that is fair, compassionate and inclusive for everyone. The first meeting is planned for 16 September and our first task will be to understand ‘what are the issues affecting you?’ The first session will outline how the network will work but primarily will gather everyone’s thoughts about what matters to you and what issues the wider group will want to focus on in the coming months. "
Ann James, Chief Executive
Caitlin Taylor, Foundation Training Programme Administrator – member of the Women’s Staff Network sets out why she is passionate about joining the network:
"I am passionate about joining the Women’s Network because the Trust, like all workplaces, is a representation of wider society and, as such, the same inequality issues present in wider society are present here. With this in mind, I therefore believe that it is important to proactively engage in initiatives designed to tackle inequality to create the best working environment possible. Being in an administrative role, in an office of predominantly women, I want to do my best to tackle gender bias in order to improve my own working life and those of my colleagues. Joining a network where ideas can be openly shared and positive working practices can be modelled is key in addressing gender-based inequality at the Trust and I would be excited to learn from my colleagues from different areas of the Trust."
Hi, my name is Kerry Dungay, although born in Plymouth, I grew up in Wales (although I am ashamed to say I have forgotten a lot of my Welsh!). I have lived in Plymouth since 2002, and have two girls who are 14 and 10 and occupy most of my time outside of work, so I was very proud to finally qualify with my Masters in Business in October 2019.
I came back to work for the Trust in 2018 as a Medical Education Manager, having worked for it previously many years ago. In between this time I have worked primarily as a project manager across the sectors, for a diverse range of projects, all of which have had change management at the heart. I like to think this gives me a good foundation (and additional perspectives) in which to facilitate the network in making some meaningful and positive changes.
I am honoured to be appointed as Chair to Women's Network and feel very strongly that this is a network run and owned by its members. I am passionate about equality, I am passionate about inclusion and recognise fully that the two areas are not interchangeable. I look forward to connecting the work we do with other groups and networks within the hospital and sharing our stories and experiences with one another. I love the thought that this platform can give voice to those identifying as women and will be a positive influence in Derriford and the wider community.
Deputy Network Chair
Hello, my name is Camilla and I work as the Business Support Officer in Pathology. I have been working in the Trust since 2016, but it is something of a family business, with both my Mother- in- law (a nurse) and Sister- in- law (a Midwife) working here as well.
I love that UHP is bringing together different networks for us all to connect and share experiences with the vision of making real changes. There are still a lot of inequalities in the NHS and even here at UHP which the networks will allow us to discuss and challenge.
I intend to utilise my position in the Women’s Network to celebrate and support all women within the Trust, regardless of their role and, working with the other networks, make UHP a place where ALL staff feel supported and heard.