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

Pride in the NHS Week and NHS Virtual Pride

Five days dedicated to LGBT+ NHS colleagues, topics, speakers, chats, careers, health and more. 

The first ever national Pride in the NHS Week and NHS Virtual Pride finale will take place within an always-on, virtual festival arena, open to all from 6th-10th Sept. Join the NHS England and Improvement People Directorate and LGBT+ Network for....

NHS Virtual Pride Friday finale

Top artists, award-winning presenters and a few surprises.

We learned through the pandemic that 2020's Virtual Pride opened up more opportunities than ever for LGBT+ people to join in with the activism and celebrations and to connect with each other in new and exciting ways.

We know that working towards equality is everyone's business and building awareness through Pride, brings us together to educate, elevate and celebrate.

This Pride in the NHS Week and NHS Virtual Pride will take place in our online People Promise festival arena, combining insights from the domains of philosophy, cognitive science, gaming, architecture, UI/UX, VR/XR and performing arts, to make an accessible, memorable and engaging experience.

The always-on People Promise virtual festival arena will consist of;

- Over 25 hours of programmed experiences with some of our most powerful speakers on the topics you want to hear 

- Guest hosts from both inside and outside our NHS

- Welcome Tent

- Main Stage

- Dance Hall

- Camp Fire

and other zones to explore...

The theme for 2021 is Elevate, Educate, Celebrate.

You are also invited to the second NHS Virtual Pride, celebrating the end of Pride in the NHS Week, open to everyone!

NHS Virtual Pride

Event Time: 16:00 to 19:00 (UK Time)

NHS Virtual Pride will be returning for a second year on 10th September between 4pm and 6pm, featuring parades by NHS organisations in their local communities hosted by drag performer recording artist and season 2 contestant of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Ginny Lemon, Kiki Queens Winner and iconic Birmingham drag performer Yshee Black, and award winning LGBTQ+ podcast presenters Benji & Brad’s My Big Gay Podcast.

NHS Virtual Pride will be the grand finale to NHS Pride Week, which will take place at 6th - 10th September.



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Black History Month - nominate a colleague who has gone above and beyond for you or someone you know

Black History Month - nominate a colleague who has gone above and beyond for you or someone you know    

From 2020 to 2021, we have seen and felt pain like no other, and we have felt joy and love upon reuniting with our loved ones. Our strength is in our unity to lighten the load that we all share. Yet we can’t become what we do not see, and what we have within UHP are resilient, tenacious and kind individuals who have gone above and beyond.

During October it is common to champion international figures but this year, in honour of Black History Month and for those who have suffered from the pandemic, we ask colleagues from all areas of our Trust to nominate an ethnically diverse colleague, or ally, who has impacted you in a positive, meaningful and memorable way, or has done something you feel deserves recognition. We really want to bring forward those who are championing the values of being a great colleague and making a difference in the workplace.

To nominate a colleague, please head to: and state the reason why you feel they should be recognised during the month.

We hope to feature our ethnically diverse colleagues and allies by way of these nominations throughout Black History Month.


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