Fostering a culture of belonging at Bromley Healthcare

At Bromley Healthcare, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where all our colleagues have a sense of belonging, and where the work we do serves and reflects our patients and communities in south east London.

We recognise that fostering equality and inclusion and developing cultural understanding will drive change and make a difference, as well as giving colleagues the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. This will benefit our patients, service users, carers and families.

We recognise that we are on a journey as an organisation.

  • We are to ensure employment practices are inclusive and fair, and are reviewing our HR policies in conjunction with our Equality & Inclusion Colleague Network and our LGBTQ+ Colleague Collective to make this happen.
  • We have trained colleagues across the organisation as job evaluators in order to make the system more transparent.
  • We are updating our Recruitment and Selection Policy, and relevant training so that posts include a member of staff from a protected characteristic in the interview process. Colleagues have been involved in the recruitment of our new Non-Executive Directors, our Chief Technology Officer and our Chief Medical Director.
  • We are rolling out a suite of HR training to support managers to ensure their practice is just, reasonable and fair.

  • In 2022, we launched a number of new training courses for colleagues that focus on fostering a culture of belonging, building inclusive teams and supporting colleagues’ psychological safety
  • Throughout 2023, we are providing training to help colleagues to better understand the issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and build on current knowledge and understanding. We will also be delivering bespoke training to give an in-depth exploration of the mental health needs of young and adult LGBTQ+ folk.

Colleague networks are staff-led communities of interest that help create a more equal place to work. The NHS National Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team highlights that these networks are one of the core disruptors of inequalities. They provide protected safe spaces where people can be truly open and inclusive, nurturing a culture of belonging and trust.

  • We currently have two main networks at Bromley Healthcare: the LGBTQ+ Collective and the Racial Equality & Inclusion Network. Through these networks, we’re developing a series of annual events and activities for colleagues, as well as looking at our equality and inclusion standard for patients and the people we serve.
  • We are in the process of establishing a network to support colleagues with disabilities, long-term conditions and neurodiversity.

We’re working with health and social care partners as part of One Bromley to shed light on the lived experiences of our diverse range of colleagues:

  • Lived experiences is a One Bromley project, developed by Bromley Healthcare. All organisations within One Bromley, serve as a very diverse community, this is reflected in the landscape of our workforce. We have set out to create a series of short films and written pieces, detailing the lived experiences of people with protected characteristics One Bromley Lived Experiences