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We our staff

We value our staff, and we work hard to maintain an environment where our staff thrive. Here are some of the ways in which we support our staff’s health and wellbeing.

Free Occupational Health services

Our professional occupational health team provides staff with impartial advice about any health and wellbeing issues, including:

  • Referrals on any health issue
  • Prompt assistance with accidental exposure injuries
  • Immunisation of staff at risk from infectious diseases
  • Access to counselling and physiotherapy services if appropriate
  • Workstation assessments and ergonomic advice

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Everyone goes through difficulties at times, yet it is easy to feel alone and isolated in dealing with the these issues. At times like this a confidential conversation with someone who will listen carefully can help.  

Our Spiritual and Pastoral Care team are available to all staff, to offer support and guidance when needed: they can informally provide confidential listening, or more formal short-term counselling.

The Trust also has a quiet sanctuary on three of its sites, which are open and available to staff and patients.

Staff Health and Wellbeing Action Group

The Staff Health and Wellbeing Action Group meets regularly to find ways of providing solutions that meet the health and wellbeing needs of our staff: we regularly survey our staff to find out what our staff want, and we then work to address key areas that staff feel most strongly about.

Equality and Diversity

We are a recognised Stonewall Diversity Champion, as well as a Disability Confident employer. We regularly participate in Stonewall’s workplace audits, and we have a variety of staff networks, to create a community of support for staff and patients.

LGBT Staff Inclusion Network

The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender (LGBT) Staff Inclusion Network is a forum for LGBT staff to support equality for people from all sexual orientations , to ensure that what we do as an employer and service provider are equal and fair.

What we do:

  • Work towards Oxford Health being included in Stonewall’s annual ‘Top 100 Employers’ ranking
  • Advise on internal policies and procedures, communications and service delivery to LGBT communities
  • Raise awareness of LGBT health issues in the community and among staff
  • Work with other LGBT networks and community groups in the region
  • Support communications for events such as the annual LGBT History month in February
  • Support social and networking events such as Oxford Pride.

BME Staff Network

The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff  network is a forum for staff from all ethnic backgrounds to support the wider work of race equality at the Trust.

What we do:

  • Support the work of the new Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • Consult on matters relating to race equality for staff and patients
  • Help assess the impact of policies and procedures
  • Share information and examples of good practice on BME health issues with staff and other professionals working in healthcare and community organisations
  • Monitor how inclusive our services are

Respect-Ability

This is a support group with an exclusive focus on equality for people with disabilities, both for patients and staff.

What we do:

  • Challenge and question ableism, and voice the case for disability equality
  • Advise on how to improve the quality and provision of services and care for patients and staff

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