The NHS on the Isle of Wight is celebrating Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2012 which runs from 21st to 25th May.

The week, organised by the NHS Employers organisation, shines a light on the ongoing work across the NHS to ensure that it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations and is a place where staff from all backgrounds will want to work.  It is a chance for NHS organisations across the country to promote their achievements in this area, showing how they make equality part of everything they do, improving the quality of services for patients and the working lives of staff.

Liz Nials, Equality and Diversity Lead at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: There are many excellent examples of work that is happening locally in the NHS to create a fairer more inclusive service for everyone. NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week is an important opportunity to share and celebrate this work.”   Some examples of the types of work being carried out on the island are listed below:

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• Read Vitalise
• Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
• Equality Delivery System Self Assessment
• Volunteers
•LGBT Newsletter
•Patients with a Disability Working Group 

Dean Royles, Director of NHS Employers, said: “The NHS Employers organisation is delighted to be coordinating Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week. It allows us to take the success of our annual equality and diversity conference to a wider audience and to highlight the fantastic work that NHS organisations are doing every day to ensure a personal, fair and diverse NHS.”

Find out more on the NHS Employers website: www.nhsemployers.org/equalityweek2012

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