Staff networks: What's new? — articles for April 2021

Lesbian Visibility Week - 26-30th April 2021

Lesbian Visibility Week

Lesbian Visibility Week is so important to celebrate the diversity in our organisation and community and provides the opportunity to uplift LGBT+ women and non-binary people from all backgrounds.


Everybody in the LGBT+ community has a story unique to them, and part of why these stories are shared is to provide support to those who may be struggling to embrace their own identity.


I never reference a specific coming out story personally as it’s not a one off event in my eyes. I come out to almost every new friend or colleague I meet and will continue to do so for the rest of my life! I first came out in 2018 and was met with so much positivity and support; something I am endlessly grateful for, knowing that others are not so lucky.


There is so much that can be done to support and embrace colleagues and friends who identify as lesbian or LGBT+. I personally struggle with the never ending recurrence of having to correct people who automatically assume that I am straight. I believe that in most cases this is due to lack of education which highlights that there is a huge amount of work to be done to ensure we can all feel seen and accepted without explanation or the fear of being judged.


I am still navigating my way through being an openly gay woman both personally and in the workplace, but unapologetically being myself was the greatest gift I could have ever given myself. There is truly no greater gift than not hiding who you are. We’re all different, and the more we share our lived experiences, the more opportunities we give ourselves to become a more inclusive world.


Charlie Le Brun
LGBT+ Network Member

UHP Pathology


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EDHR Week 2021- 10- 14th May 2021

edi logo This is a reminder that the annual Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week will take place from 10-14 May 2021 virtually, due to the current social restrictions. It provides an opportunity for us to promote, showcase and celebrate the amazing work going on around the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Each of the five days is themed around one of the pledges from the NHS People Promise, which is a cornerstone of the NHS People Plan and include:

EDHR themes 2021

Monday 10th May

Being a team

Tuesday 11th May

Being recognised and rewarded

Wednesday 12th May

A voice that counts

Thursday 13th May

Safety and health

Friday 14th May

Compassion and inclusivity



We would like to encourage you to get involved and support these themes in whatever way you can.
Follow us on Twitter @EDIuhpt and visit our StaffNET page to see how we celebrate this week.


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HPMA Awards - one month left to enter

The annual HPMA Excellence in People Awards recognises and celebrates the work of HR, OD and workforce professionals across the UK. Never has it been so important to recognise and celebrate your achievements, showcasing our profession as the cornerstone of the supportive and empowering cultures we will need as we move from the management of the pandemic to the recovery of our people and our services. This is your opportunity to shine. Please encourage colleagues to enter and nominate others. Please stand up and be proud.

This year there are 16 categories to enter. Before you start your entry download the information sheet HERE to take a look at each category and their criteria. For tips on making a successful submission you can watch our webinar with Nicky Ingham, Shelly Rubinstein and Lisa Crichton-Jones HERE.

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The Slow Swimming Club - The Road Less Travelled, Wednesday 26th May, 15:00 - 17:00

The Slow Swimming Club is hosted by our inaugural artist-in-residence, storyteller Clare Murphy, and will seek to be a home for creative expression, diversity of thought and a rich tapestry of concepts curated for this moment in time. Created with and for our community, the Slow Swimming Club has been designed with space, time and place in mind; a reflection and extension of the idea that the faster we go, the slower we need to be.


Over the course of summer 2021, Clare will be hosting three live events, bringing together eclectic thinkers, experiences and practices that are carefully designed to invite you into alternative views on the world, of work, development and change. 


We hope to inspire you, to provoke and stimulate you, and to strengthen the bonds of our diverse communities as we all seek to find time and space to grow.


These two hour events will include four short talks of 10 minutes, a discussion and a Q&A.


Please click here for more information: 




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Online Q&A session for health and social care staff on the COVID-19 vaccine, fertility and pregnancy

Due to popular demand, there is another online Q&A session for health and social care staff on the COVID-19 vaccine, fertility and pregnancy. It will take place on Thursday 22 April 2021, 12-1pm.

All staff eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine are welcome to join. Please use this link to join the meeting.

In the meantime, please find our FAQs on the COVID-19 vaccine, fertil ity and pregnancy

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