Dhushy Mahendran new Equality chair
Consultant Obstetrician and Chief of Service Dhushy Mahendran has recently been announced as the new Chair of the Equality and Diversity Steering Group.
“I am delighted to have been asked to chair the Equality Steering Group. Its scope is very broad and as well as covering our legal duties and the protected characteristics, the committee has a wider duty to ensure that every patient and every member of staff is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“I know that there are a lot of ‘live’ issues that the committee gets to consider and look forward to being part of this group. One of the areas that I am really interested in developing is the involvement of more staff in helping the group to tackle issues that affect staff on the ground.
“We know that our staff survey has revealed in the past that some minority groups feel they are treated less fairly and are more likely to suffer bullying or harassment. I would say to anyone who feel they are affected like this, please come forward – we can only fix the issue if we know what it is and how it affects you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and your contact will be taken seriously.
“I’m also pleased to be heading up the Stepping Up programme within our Trust. NHS Leadership Academy has launched this Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders. The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating changes in equality and diversity. Applications close soon, so if you might be interested, please do take a look sooner rather than later."
“Nationally, almost 20% of the 1.3 million people that work in the NHS are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. Without them the NHS wouldn’t be able to function, so it’s really important that diverse talent is nurtured and developed. It is becoming evident that the NHS recruitment process has been shown to disproportionately favour white applicants and there’s a growing body of research that highlights concerns about the absence of BAME colleagues in senior NHS roles. As Chief of Service for the Women’s and Children’s division, this hasn’t been a personal concern in my career, but it’s absolutely a very important issue both locally and nationally. I really hope that many individuals from our Trust choose to take part in this fantastic programme.”
Director of HR Dave Smith said:
“We’re delighted that Dhushy has agreed to take on this important role and hope his involvement will re-invigorate this key area and encourage interest from more staff. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Having a diverse workforce enables us to deliver a more inclusive service, which in turn will help us deliver Best Care for Everyone.”