The initiative seeks to tackle any form of discrimination and encourages staff to speak up.
NHS Trusts are embracing the “See ME First” badge and campaign to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.
Those who accept a badge are asked to make a personal pledge to help develop an “open, non-judgemental and inclusive” culture within their NHS organisation and treats all Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff with dignity and respect.
First introduced by Whittington Health NHS Trust in 2020, the initiative seeks to tackle any form of discrimination and encourages staff who experience this to speak up and safely challenge this behaviour.
Co-founders of the initiative, Delia Mills, Beverleigh Senior and Paul Attwal explain that the badge has started to give staff “a voice” and started “two-way conversations” about race and equality throughout their workforce.
They add that the badge help staff demonstrate “I belong to an organisation whose values, value me”.
Open, non-judgemental, and inclusive.
While several other NHS Trusts have already joined the initiative, The Royal Free Hospital in London is the latest to join the campaign.
The trust board issues a joint statement upon launching the scheme, “The Trust is an open, non-judgemental, and inclusive organisation that will not tolerate any form of discrimination. We celebrate the diversity of our staff and community.
“We will treat all our staff equitably, with dignity and respect, whatever their race, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.”
Annette, joint chair of the Trust’s BAME Staff Network pledged, “to be the best I can, I don’t see differences, I see everyone as individuals. I treat everyone with equality, fairness and make sure that I see people first as human beings and treat everyone how I would want to be treated.”
Ron fellow joint chair, added, “As co-chairs of the BAME Staff Network, we pledge to do everything we can to create and environment where each of us feel able to be who we are and are supported to be the best we can be.”