South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been awarded top marks by a national equality and inclusion organisation.
SECAmb was awarded the Gold Standard by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) in the organisation’s 2014 benchmarking exercise.
As an NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Partner SECAmb took part in the process and submitted supporting evidence.
Its score was then ranked against other participants and fellow partners with SECAmb being one of only five organisations to achieve the Gold Standard.
The Trust was also the only ambulance service involved in the exercise which recognises the commitment of organisations to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces and which celebrates the teams and individuals who are making a difference.
Recent work has seen SECAmb promote Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month which runs throughout June.
Representatives from the Trust attended the Epsom Derby to meet members of the local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, which attend the popular Surrey event in large numbers.
The day provided an ideal opportunity to engage with the Gypsy and Traveller communities – a group which often experiences significant health inequalities.
Paramedics carried out a large number of mini health checks and signed up more than 70 new members.
Other recent work saw the Trust launch a series of alert cards designed to support people with learning disabilities.
SECAmb inclusion manager Angela Rayner said, “We’re really delighted to have achieved this standard and performed well against the already excelling fellow organisations involved.
“We’re proud that we work hard to ensure that we engage with all sections of our local population so all our patients receive the service they expect and deserve and so that SECAmb is a place where our staff can be confident they can be themselves.”