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EDI Matters – Issue 10

December 2021

Inclusion is about everyone or it’s about no-one.

Inclusion doesn’t happen by accident – it takes effort and commitment. What action are you taking to be more consciously, actively inclusive in your role?Welcome to the December 2021 edition of the EDI Matters newsletter.  Read on for all the latest on equality, diversity and inclusion at CUH to support you to become more inclusive in your role.

Disability History Month


Disability History Month is an annual opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of people living with a disability or health condition. It takes place from 18 November – 20 December and one of this year’s themes is ‘disability and hidden impairments’.
Did you know?

  • 93% of people with a disability don’t use a wheelchair.
  • 83% of people acquire their disability or health condition during working age.
  • 17% of our CUH family tell us they have a disability or health condition.

Under the Equality Act 2010, a disability is any condition that affects an individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities and lasts 12 months or more. Disabilities can be physical or mental health conditions; they can be visible or invisible; neurodiversity counts too. Take a look at this infographic to find out more about disability or watch this video on the Staff Portal to learn about some invisible disabilities. 

Purple Light Up
Did you spot the chimney lit up purple on 3 December?  CUH once again took part in the Purple Light Up campaign to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrating the incredible contributions of all our staff who have a disability or health condition. 
Photo credit: Jeff Steer

Guest speaker events

On 10 December we hosted Hattie Llewelyn-Davies to share with us her talk on ‘Does being disabled make me a better NHS Chair?’  Hattie is Chair of both Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and founding member of the Disabled NHS Directors Network.  You can watch the recording of this session here.We are planning to reschedule the Chronically Working webinar that unfortunately had to be cancelled – watch this space!

What we learned from shielding

Listen to this podcast sharing the experiences of NHS staff who were shielding, the adjustments they received and how this improved their wellbeing – featuring CUH’s own Debbie Morgan, Director of Service Improvement and Transformation.

Microsoft accessibility features

Did you know that Microsoft has a number of accessibility features built in to Windows 10?  Tools such as narrator, magnifier, colour filters, dictate and focus assist are all available to support you in your work.  Visit the Microsoft Accessibility Resources page for more information and to download the guides or connect with a Microsoft accessibility expert.

Covid vaccine queries – 1:1 drop in sessions

If you have worries or queries about the Covid-19 vaccine, a number of drop-in sessions are running in the Deakin Centre for staff to have a one to one, confidential conversation with a CUH expert.  There is no need to book – just let the team know when you arrive that you are there for a 1:1 session and you’ll be guided to the right place.  Please note that you may to wait to be seen. Dates of the sessions are:
  • Thursday 06 January (09:30-12:30) with Dr Jumoke Sule, Consultant Microbiologist
  • Monday 10 January (09:30-12:30) with Dr Devan Vaghela, Specialist Registrar in Infection
  • Tuesday 11 January (09:00-12:00) with Mrs Reem Santos, Lead Pharmacist Antimicrobials
  • Tuesday 18 January (09:00-12:00) with Dr Dami Collier, Specialist Registrar in Infection
  • Thursday 20 January (09:00-12:00) with Dr Hoi Ping Mok, Consultant in Infectious diseases (we are hoping to offer these as virtual sessions and will confirm details as soon as possible)
  • Tuesday 25 January (13:00-16:00) with Dr Theo Gouliouris, Consultant in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (we are hoping to offer these as virtual sessions and will confirm details as soon as possible)
If you have any queries or concerns at all, please do come forward. We want to support all of our staff and make sure you have all of the information to make informed decisions about vaccination. You can also email

Improving race equality at CUH

New Cultural Ambassadors trained

A further seven Cultural Ambassadors (three consultants and four non-medical staff members) have now been trained at CUH to help address the disproportionate numbers of ethnic minority staff who enter the formal disciplinary investigation process:
  • Shahla Bakhtiari, Midwife
  • Jane Cowans, Major Projects Manager
  • Nonte Mfefa, Radiographer
  • Joanne Sanchez, Research Nurse CCRC
  • Sani Aliyu, Consultant 
  • Ruchi Sinnatamby, Consultant 
  • Madhavi Vindlacheruvu, Consultant

Cultural Ambassadors are an integral part of the pre-disciplinary investigation panel assessment process for any member of staff from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background.  They are able to support and advise managers on any cultural bias issues that might have an impact.

The seven new Cultural Ambassadors join the existing ten who have been supporting the organisation in this way since 2019.

Diversity and Inclusion Panellists

We now have 29 Diversity and Inclusion Panellists to support the Trust commitment to ensuring diverse interview panels for all roles at Band 8a and above.  Supported with specialist training, the Diversity and Inclusion Panellists participate in recruitment panels to help ensure there is no shared bias in selection decisions, and that decision making considers different perspectives.You can find out more about the Diversity and Inclusion panellists on Connect, where the names and new training dates will be uploaded in the new year.

Credit to Yvonne Coghill, the Director – WRES Implementation in NHS England, and deputy president of the RCN.

Interested in improving the care given to LGBT+ patients at CUH?

You are invited to participate in an action research project, creating a new local partnership between patients and staff to improve the care of LGBT+ patients and help develop the healthcare skills required to meet those needs with knowledge, skill and sensitivity.The study aims to design ways to support all staff, no matter what their role, in feeling more confident in this area.  It will bring together small groups of hospital staff and LGBT+ community members to design interventions to bring about change, over the course of 2022.

Participation is invited from people in all roles, whether clinical or non-clinical.  If you would like more information or to have an informal chat about what the study might mean for you, please contact Steve Cole, Post Graduate Researcher, Anglia Ruskin University ( or tel. 01865 766660).

LGBT+ Network Open Letter to NHS Chief People Officer

The LGBT+ Network and its executive sponsor, David Wherrett (Director of Workforce) have sent an open letter to Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer which has already been shared widely across a number of NHS organisations. The letter expresses concern at the lack of national focus on LGBTQIA+ inclusion and calls for a workforce equality standard similar to those in place for race and disability.  You can read the letter on Connect

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 

Your development

There are a huge range of development activities available both internally via DOT and through the East of England Leadership and Lifelong Learning team.  We’ve highlighted some below.If you are keen to progress in your career or develop your skills but are not sure where to start, sign up to the Development Opportunities newsletter to be the first to hear about the latest leadership development resources, courses and opportunities. You might also want to sign up to the Leadership, Lifelong Learning and Talent Management in the East of England newsletter to hear about opportunities across the region. You can find the latest update (December 2021) on Connect here, or via EoE website here.

Visit DOT

NEW this month: deaf awareness training

While the pandemic has been incredibly difficult for everyone, those who are deaf or hard of hearing have often felt particularly isolated or faced additional challenges in communication with facemasks preventing lip-reading.This new deaf awareness eLearning from the #WeSupportDeafAwareness campaign is recommended for anyone who may come into contact with those who are deaf or hard of hearing, whether patients or colleagues.  The training will enable you to understand a bit of what it’s like to be deaf or hard of hearing, and how best to communicate with people who are whether on video call, face to face or over the telephone.

This course is self-paced, meaning you can dip in and out of the most relevant modules for you.  Access the training via DOT.

This complements the existing Be Disability Confident eLearning series developed in-house – Hearing Loss and Supporting People with Communication Difficulties.

Springboard Development Programme for women

The Springboard Women’s Development Programme is designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. It allows women to enhance their own skills and abilities, challenge power and equality, whilst building confidence, assertiveness and positive image. Whether you want to further develop your career, improve your life skills or set practical, yet stretching goals, this programme will provide the tools to inspire and empower you to change your life.Cohort 3 is running from January – April 2022. If you are interested in joining this programme on COHORT 3, then please book using the following Eventbrite link: Please note that there are very limited spaces on this programme, so this will be on a first come, first serve basis and you must attend all 8 sessions in order to complete this programme.

Any questions or queries you may have, please do not hesitate to email the workforce programmes mailbox –

Manager Hub

Ever wished that everything you need to know as an existing, new or aspiring manager was in one place?  Look no further!  The Manager Hub is the new one stop shop resource for all those who have line management responsibility, or would like to progress into a role with line management in the future.Access the

Manager Hub through the top toolbar on DOT and easily access development for yourself in a variety of ways – read, watch or take part. New managers can find the New Manager Essentials section to access everything you need to know to settle you in to your new role.

LGBT+ Awareness training


Do you work in an area that provides care to patients in the LGBT+ community, at any stage in their healthcare journey?

Or do you work with or support staff who identify as LGBT+?

How confident are you in engaging with, providing care and support to, and creating a safe environment for people who are LGBT+?

Delivered by Cambridgeshire organisation The Kite Trust, we now have LGBT+ awareness training sessions scheduled throughout 2022 – you can check dates and book your place on DOT.  These sessions are open to all staff and recommended for anyone who works with people from the LGBT+ community, whether with patients or staff.

We can also organise bespoke sessions for your whole team.  Contact us to talk through your objectives and how we can support.

Become a Carers’ Champion


With a little training and information, any CUH staff member can play an important role in helping the Trust to recognise, value, welcome and support unpaid carers.

By providing information for staff (for example, knowing about the Trust carers’ passport and details of the local carers’ support organisations), and providing a sympathetic listening ear for carers and signposting to support, Carers’ Champions can make a real difference to the lives of carers and the wellbeing of our patients. Supporting carers can be undertaken alongside your existing role.

The next training session takes place on Thursday 13 January, 10:00-11:00.  Visit Connect for more information.

Disability Confident
(Skill Boosters)


This comprehensive course combines original drama with powerful personal testimony from people with a range of disabilities and insight from the experts to show the practical steps you need to take in order to provide effective service for disabled customers and support disabled staff and colleagues in the workplace.  Complete the eLearning via DOT.

Managing micro-incivilities
in the workplace

This pre-recorded webinar delivered by Pearn Kandola takes you through what micro-incivilities are, the impact on individuals and organisations and how we can manage and mitigate these in the workplace. Watch the webinar here.

Other webinars and events

All staff at CUH have free access to a number of webinars from external organisations on a variety of topics.  Take a look at the Connect page to see what’s coming up.

Illustration titled When I pay a compliment, I reduce negative stereotypes by providing context. Under the title there are two white hands holding cards. The left card reads DO. Underneath it there is a bubble with two checked boxes reading You have a unique ability to simplify any problem and I watch a lot of webinars, and you are the best at engaging a remote audience. The right hand is holding a card reading DON’T. Underneath is an x’d out checkbox reading You were so articulate in that meeting just now. In the lower corners are the better allies logo and a red bubble with

Updates from the CUH staff networks

The CUH staff networks provide a safe space and peer support for people to share concerns and support each other, provide people with opportunities to get involved in different projects and act as a powerful voice for equality and inclusion across the organisation.

All the networks are currently meeting virtually once a month.  Find out more on the Staff Networks Connect page.


BAME Staff Network logo

BAME Staff Network 

Find out more about the BAME network or join the mailing list and meetings by contacting

Chair: Erica Chisanga
Vice chairs: Emil Brown and Tracy Cripps
Secretary (interim): Nneka Smith
Executive sponsor: Roland Sinker

Next meetings: 12 January, 9 February and 9 March (Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00)


LGBT+ Network logo

LGBT+ Network 

Find out more about the LGBT+ network or join the mailing list and meetings by contacting

Chair: Lily Martin
Secretary: Alex Montgomery
Executive sponsor: David Wherrett

Next meetings: Thursday 27 January, Tuesday 22 February and Tuesday 22 March (13:00-14:00).

The network also runs the Trans Group, closed sessions for transgender staff only (binary and non-binary).  Contact Alex Montgomery for more details. Next meetings: 11 January, 8 February and 8 March (Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30).


Purple Network logo

Purple Network

For all staff with visible or invisible disabilities, health conditions (physical or mental) and neurodifferences, and allies.

Find out more about the Purple network or join the mailing list and meetings by contacting

Co-chairs: Nonte Mfefa and Glynn Rolland
Secretary: Alex Montgomery
Executive sponsor: Ewen Cameron

Next meetings: Monday 10 January, Tuesday 9 February and Thursday 10 March (13:00-14:00).


Time to Change Network logo

Time to Change Network

For staff who are committed to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Find out more about the Time to Change Network or join the mailing list and meetings by contacting

Chair: Alex Montgomery

Next meetings: Monday 17 January, Tuesday 15 February, Tuesday 15 March (13:00-14:00).

The network also runs the It’s Not Just You Group, run by staff for staff for anyone managing mental health issues for themselves of friends and family.  Contact Alex Montgomery to join the mailing list and meetings.

Next meeting: Wednesday 29 December (13:00-14:00).

Find out more about Staff Networks

2021 Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) report

The annual WDES report was presented and discussed at the public board meeting on 10 November, starting with a staff story from Charles Greensitt, Mechanical Engineering Technician in the Clinical Engineering Innovation team and member of the Purple Network.

The latest metrics show us that while there is still work to do to improve the experience of disabled staff and those with health conditions working at CUH, improvements are being made.  The Purple Network play an integral role in driving change and challenging where our practices fall short.  If you’d like to find out more about the Purple Network, you can visit the pages on Connect or contact the committee.

‘Focus on Civility’ – part of the CUH Compassionate Leadership webinar series


Workplace incivility can often arise when people are stressed or under pressure, and is not usually intended to cause harm. However, even mild incivility has been shown to impair cognitive function by up to 50% and reduce technical skills of those on the receiving end. This has real consequences for quality of patient care and safety, as well as staff confidence and morale. Incivility impacts negatively on our ability as an organisation to be fully inclusive.

This 2 hour webinar will be useful for any manager who wants be able to actively contribute to reducing incivility and promoting a kind, compassionate and inclusive culture within their work areas. The webinar is both interactive and reflective – examining the particular challenges of leading teams at these times, exploring techniques that can help to address these challenges and providing a forum to discuss and share ideas with other managers in a similar position. They are hosted on Zoom.

  • Thursday 13 January, 14:00-16:00
  • Wednesday 16 February, 09:30-11:30
Find out more information about the content and book on to your preferred date on DOT.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) for Inclusive Leadership

CUH is investing in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) for Inclusive Leadership – the capability to function and relate effectively in culturally diverse situations and contexts.  Two masterclasses for senior leaders have run successfully in 2021 with extremely positive feedback from participants.  More masterclasses are scheduled in spring of 2022 with plans to roll out further across the organisation throughout next year.  

Black History Month

CUH celebrated Black History Month in October with a range of guest speakers and virtual events.  You can catch up on many of them here.

Looking after you

This time of year can be full of joy and celebration, and can also be a really tough time for many people regardless of whether they mark Christmas or not.There is a huge range of support available to you, from wellbeing apps to more structured psychological support – find the service that’s right for you on the Staff Portal.

You can also join the It’s Not Just You group, run by staff for staff for anyone managing mental health issues for themselves of friends and family. The next date is

29 December 13:00-14:00, click here to join the zoom meeting.

Watch this space – new neurodiversity hub coming in the new year

Diversity is a fact; inclusion is an act; belonging is the outcome 

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