Harnessing diverse talents
Lorraine Thomas, Director of Strategy, NHS Foundation Trust
"The International Women’s Day theme #BalanceforBetter is an idea we embrace as we strive to make Birmingham Community Healthcare a great place to work – the sense that we must harness the diverse range of talents and perspectives in our 4,500-strong workforce in order to achieve our vision of delivering Best Care and Health Communities.
"Seeking ‘balance’ in large organisations is not about promoting one group or issue over others. It’s about working collaboratively to achieve balance in opportunities, in pay and in senior positions.
"At Birmingham Community Healthcare, we have initiated conversations that support the #BalanceforBetter ethos.
"Following the launch of our women’s equality network – one of several staff groups we have formed to ensure that colleagues are driving the changes we need to make BCHC a great place to work - we have made two commitments. The first is to address the gender pay gap, ensuring equal pay for equal work. The second is to introduce a menopause policy, so that women experiencing menopausal symptoms feel better supported at work.
"International Women's Day represents an opportunity to think about issues that are important to every individual – what could each of us do to make our place of work more balanced?
"Be part of the discussion and be part of the force for change."