Trust receives gold star for Equality and Inclusion

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been awarded an exclusive gold star rating for its work on equality and inclusion.  

The Trust won the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) Award for its outstanding commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and human rights were embedded throughout the organisation, and for its engagement with local people across all cultures.

The Trust was praised for the work it has carried out to ensure that its services are equal and inclusive to all communities across Dudley and Walsall. An example of this is the work that the Trust’s Community Development Workers do in challenging the stigma associated with mental health, through educating and supporting local people across all communities. As a result of this, the Trust has seen an increase in patients from diverse cultures.

Paul Singh, Equality and Diversity Lead, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and highlights the good practice that is embedded throughout all of our services.

“The work that we have done in this area has been of particular benefit to many people who would previously have been too fearful to come forward and receive treatment for mental health issues.

“Tackling stigma and breaking down barriers so people can access our mental health services is something that we will continue to work on. Talking about mental health is the first step to people understanding that it is not something to be ashamed of.”

You can find out more about the awards at http://www.enei.org.uk/events.php/128/enei-awards-2014.