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

How many wards and departments know that the Trust has someone who will visit and sit with Pagan patients and their families?

How many wards and departments know that the Trust has someone who will visit and sit with Pagan patients and their families?

Pagan is an umbrella term. Asatru, Heathen, Druid, Wiccan are the most common belief systems and lifestyles. 

The below blog was written by Leonore Newson, a member of our Faiths and Beliefs (FaB) Staff Network, who works as a Staff Nurse at UHP:

A few years ago, when I returned to work in Derriford as a staff nurse, I could see that the spiritual needs of most of our patients were extremely well cared for by our wonderful Chaplaincy team. I wondered though about the needs of our Pagan patients, so approached the Chaplains and completed the pastoral visitors course here . This course gives great insight and prepares you well for the role of a hospital chaplaincy visitor. Since then , the Chaplains have held my contact details , so that if any Pagan patient would like someone of their own faith / belief , then I would go, regardless of time of day or night , if I was in Plymouth .

I have studied with and belong to The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and a celebrant for all rites of passage from baby naming to funerals. I have been contacted by the chaplains and directly when patients have wanted someone to be there with them whilst they are in hospital .

It's good to have an awareness of patients with spiritual beliefs outside the mainstream and know that the Trust has an all-inclusive policy and someone who can be there for these patients . Just contact the Chaplaincy department and they will forward the details to me if a visit is wanted.

I received this recently  from a relative who is a former Derriford ITU nurse and this just sums up what I try to do .


Pastoral care is a hugely important component of holistic care when someone is in hospital. This is even more so when someone is critically ill fighting for their life. When my mum was recently in hospital in ITU her faith as a druid was incredibly important to her. The importance of Leonore coming to ITU to visit mum was huge and also I didn’t realise how comforting I would find this as a relative. I found I looked forward to her visits and found her words so kind. 

When we think of pastoral support, we may think of the faiths that we are all aware about on a daily basis. Being a Druid / pagan, this may not be a faith that people may be very aware of and I would like to raise awareness of this important and beautiful faith and pastoral care that was provided to my mum and myself and sister right up until my mums final hours.

Thank you Leonore for the fantastic and vital service you provide to our loved ones and relatives in the hospital and beyond in our time of need. 

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Think Privacy!

Think Privacy!


Please complete this staff survey ahead of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Audit in August 2021


The ICO is the UK regulator for information rights and is responsible for enforcing and promoting compliance with data protection legislation.  As part of this work the ICO will be conducting an audit of the Trust in August and would like to gather information on staff awareness of data protection.  Please click here to complete the ICO survey (live until 23:45 on 13 August). The survey is anonymous and should only take five minutes to complete.  Please contact for further information.



Sarah Brampton

Director of Finance and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)


Penny Taylor

    Head of Information Governance and Data Protection Officer (DPO)

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Learning About Diversity and Inclusion: 10 Free Virtual Courses

Learning About Diversity and Inclusion: 10 Free Virtual Courses

March 29, 2021

By: Emma Esparza

Emma Esparza is a career coach at Indeed with experience as a recruiter, university career advisor and senior technical career coach. She is passionate about guiding all job seekers in their intersectional uniqueness toward a successful job search and fulfilling career.

When asked how to support traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups (and in particular, the black community), LaFawn Davis—Indeed’s Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging—says:

"The best work we can do is examine ourselves—all of us (now and always). We can listen and learn to make sure our actions in the workplace aren’t harming others.”

Davis emphasizes the importance of doing the work to understand the causes and effects of intolerance, the experiences of those who are different from us and the necessity of educating ourselves. In this article, we explore 10 free online resources you can use to learn about diversity and inclusion at work.

While some of these resources are tailored for people managers to help build and lead diverse and inclusive teams, others are more general for anyone seeking to learn more about how to be a more inclusive team member at work. A few course descriptions also reference their usefulness for “leaders”—it’s worth noting that leadership is a skill anyone, not just managers, can learn and use to create inclusive environments. Also, many of the suggested courses take place over a period of several weeks and provide an opportunity to dive deep into the respective topic.

So whether you’re a manager or leader, or simply interested in learning more, these courses on diversity and inclusion can help build our understanding of diversity and inclusion for a better, stronger workplace. 


Please click here for more information on the 10 free courses: 

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Inclusive recruitment and career progression Focus Groups for Band 5&6 - 23 July & 5 August 2021


(Non-Medical) Clinical Staff Invitation

A recent examination of our Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data in the South West has shown that whilst we have more colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in Bands 5 compared to local populations, the number drops considerably after Band 5.  We want the South West to be the best place for all of our colleagues to live, work and achieve their career goals, and are committed to having Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Colleagues in all bands in the South West.  We want to understand what the barriers are from your perspective to applying for or gaining promotion beyond your current band.  This is your opportunity to tell us what matters most to you, and what we can do to help you achieve your career ambitions.


We are holding two focus groups to talk to you more about this and to agree what actions we can all take together to make it easier for you to apply for and achieve promotion.


If you would like to book onto 23 July 2021 at 11am to 1.15pm please CLICK HERE


If you would like to book onto 5 August 2021 at 2pm to 4.15pm please CLICK HERE


(Please note, if you do not already have an account with NHS England events you will need to register an account first).



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National Staff Survey 2020 UHP Big Conversation – Staff Health & Wellbeing

National Staff Survey 2020

UHP Big Conversation – Staff Health & Wellbeing

Tuesday 13th July – 11.00 - 11.30

Thursday 15th July – 2.30 – 3.00

via MS Teams


Martin Bamber and members of the Trust’s Staff Health & Wellbeing Group will be hosting a  number of Big Conversations, discussing  what health & wellbeing means to you, what good wellbeing support looks like and how we can do more of it


We’d really like to hear about your experiences in relation to this and learn what is going well, what we need to do more of and your ideas on what we could all improve going forwards.


Everyone is welcome


We understand that you might not be able to stay for the whole session, 

so please feel free to join & leave as necessary.


If you aren’t able to join one of the sessions but would like to share your feedback, we would welcome your comments and feedback which you can email to Martin Bamber, Assistant Director of People  at or via one of the attached postcards


postcard postcard info


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