Equal opportunities for all

We promote equal opportunities and good relations for everyone, regardless of:

  • age
  • dependent status
  • disability
  • gender (including gender identity / reassignment)
  • marital / civil partnership status
  • political opinion
  • race
  • religious beliefs
  • sexual orientation
Support for staff

We support a regional LGBT network led by the Public Health Agency. The forum provides a safe and welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working within health and social care. The aim is to promote an inclusive working environment and improve wellbeing.

Bullying and harassment support service

We are proud of our diverse workforce. We are committed to the principle that the dignity of all staff must be respected and staff should feel valued in the workplace.

Policies on working well together and harassment are in place. Our HR team provides a confidential Bullying and Harassment Support Service.

Initiatives and awards

  • Positive Action

    The latest ‘Positive Action’ employability programme resulted in nine trainees being offered jobs within Patient Client Support Services (PCSS) following a 14 week training programme.

    The graduation ceremony took place in Riddell Hall, Belfast, where family, friends and new colleagues joined the graduates.

    Watch our video on how ‘Positive Action’ has impacted the trainees and their families, and how they are making a valuable contribution to the Trust.

  • Domestic Abuse Policy

    In December 2018, the Trust marked the 10 year anniversary of its Domestic Abuse Policy and support service for staff. The event took place on International Human Rights Day.

  • Shopmobility

    Almost 3,000 people in the last year have used Shopmobility services on the Royal Hospitals and Belfast City Hospital sites.

    Shopmobility Belfast helps patients and visitors with restricted mobility. It provides electric scooters and wheelchairs to help people get around hospital sites. Shopmobility staff will meet and greet patients and visitors who require the service.

  • Read&Write software

    We have a license for Read&Write literacy software, which helps employees with additional language or literacy needs.

  • Corporate Plan 2018–2021 in easy read format

    Our Corporate Plan is available in easy read format. This makes it accessible to as many people as possible.

  • Trust encourages staff to talk about the menopause in work

    Staff across the Trust are being encouraged to talk about the menopause. It should no longer be a taboo subject. We are asking staff to talk openly about menopausal symptoms without embarrassment. Managers are asked to engage with staff and to normalise the discussions.

  • Supporting staff with a caring role

    We recognise that many of our staff are carers and have introduced a Carers’ Framework. Please visit the carers’ services section to read about the services we offer.