As part of the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trusts’, commitment to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; we have our first cohort of reverse mentoring now underway.
The main aim of the programme is to educate leaders in diversity issues and expose them to challenging dialogue which they might not otherwise encounter. This is being done by providing an opportunity to eighteen of the Executive and Non-Executive Directors being mentored by members of staff from protected groups, who will challenge and influence the Trust based on their lived experiences.
The first cohort for the reverse mentoring comprises of staff members who identify as Black Asian and Minority Ethnic. To ensure the sustainability of the programme the role of the mentors will also include expressions of interest to mentor being requested from members of the LGBTQ+ staff network and the Disability and Wellbeing staff network.
Evidence tells us that a fully inclusive and representative workforce leads to better patient experience and outcomes as well as improved staff satisfaction.
One of the RDaSH trust values is being supportive of staff this programme is a great example of organisational commitment to inclusive workplace culture.