Staff Networks

What is it?

This is when colleagues get together, either at a meeting or electronically, to share their experiences, make suggestions for improvements at work, and generally support each other. The networks are based on equality, diversity and inclusion themes so for instance, we already have a staff network for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues; and a forum for colleagues who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or other identities (LGBTQ+).  We’ve also set up a Colleague Disability Action Group where we can raise awareness by holding workshops to develop tool kits and review policies.

How will this look?

There are nine characteristics that are protected by law. This means that it’s illegal to discriminate against someone on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. It’s important that we treat each protected characteristic as important as the next so we’ll look to set up a whole range of staff networks.


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Education & Awareness Programme

CHFT colleagues, from a range of networks, invite you to ‘step in to their shoes’.  Here what each had to say in our Lived in Experiences series:-

BAME Network – Rachel Roberts, Matron, Outpatients

Inclusion Ambassador – Carys Bentley, Workforce Deployment Systems Facilitator, Medical e-Rostering

LGBTQ+ – Rachel Newburn, Project Manager, The Health Informatics Service

BAME Network – Kerri-Louise Mclean, Specialist Physiotherapist

Disability Action Group – Mike Lucraft, Clinical System Support Administrator


Who is this for?

Everyone! There’s a range of different groups who are meeting and working together on equality, diversity and inclusion issues across our Trust.  They’re all part of the Equality Network.

When will this be available?


The BAME network, the LGBTQ+ forum and the Colleague Disability Action Group are up and running.  If you want to be a part of these exciting groups take a look at the CHFT Equality Network section for further information.  We’d love for you to be involved!

How do I find out more?

The networks have their own bit on the intranet.

Take a look