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Updated 19 October 2023

Pride Network

Our Pride Network is part of our ongoing work to make DCH a fully inclusive organisation where everyone feels welcomed and valued.

It is open to all - those who identify as LGBT+ and allies - with the goals of creating a social and welcoming environment, and making DCH an organisation where everyone can bring their whole selves to work

The group will provide a social space for members as well as giving people the chance to have their say on key changes in the Trust, and offers development opportunities.

If you would like more information please get in touch with Network Chair, Anthony Homer, at pride.network@dchft.nhs.uk or on 01305 253127.

Meetings are held monthly but involvement can be through our teams group here.

On the SECOND and FOURTH Tuesday of every month, the network chair and colleagues will be sitting in the courtyard by Costa (or in Costa if it’s raining!) during lunch times 12pm to 1pm to promote the network, answer questions, etc.

Without Limits Network

The network name really captures the core value of the network to do everything in its power to break down barriers and prove that, without limits, anyone can succeed.

If you identify as having a disability, long-term health condition, or are a carer in any capacity, you are welcome to contact the Network Chair, Jack Welch, to get involved.

The network discusses barriers faced at work or with personal wellbeing and raises issues that are passed on to the Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group and is making good headway with this and is seeing great responses to the issues raised so far.

As a group, the network discusses events to celebrate – such as Disability History Month – and how exactly to celebrate them.

If you want to be a part of the amazing changes happening here at the Trust or want to be a part of a community full of understanding people who will listen without judgement, drop Jack Welch an email at without.limits@dchft.nhs.uk

Without Limits Staff Network Meetings
Regular meetings will be held in the Trust Boardroom, either in person or via MS Teams (please email the network chair for the Teams link).

Upcoming 2023 meetings
Friday 20 January at 1pm
Friday 17 February at 1pm
Friday 17 March at 1pm
Friday 21 April at 1pm
Friday 19 May at 1pm
Friday 16 June at 1pm
Friday 21 July at 1pm
Friday 18 August at 1pm
Friday 15 September at 1pm
Friday  20  October at 1pm
Friday 17 November at 1pm

If you would like to join the meetings, please email jack Welch at without.limits@dchft.nhs.uk

Ethnic Diversity Network

The Ethnic Diversity Network is determined to provide a safe, supportive, confidential space for its members to share their experiences and thoughts in an environment where individuals feel accepted and valued.

To embrace an inclusive environment at DCH, we would like to embrace the voices of individuals and put any raised issues forward into the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group for consideration. We will give members the opportunity to network with others, signpost them to improvement opportunities and encouraging cross collaboration working to bring about success.

Please email our Diversity Network Chair, Sharon Cocker, at sharon.cocker@dchft.nhs.uk for more information or to join an upcoming meeting.

The network meets on MS Teams on the second Tuesday of each 2pm-3.30pm.

Overseas Staff Network

This network is to support our staff from overseas in terms of peer support, integrating into the local community and in creating social networking opportunities.

If you would like more information or would like to attend an upcoming meeting, please contact Jennifer.carinan@dchft.nhs.uk Midhun.paul@dchft.nhs.uk or indu.maria@dchft.nhs.uk  

Support Worker Network

The Support Worker Network is for all Health Care Support Workers, Health Care Assistants, Theatre Support Workers and Midwifery Support Workers.

The network meetings offer an opportunity to discuss what is important to you and to:

  • Share work experiences;
  • Find information on training, employment, and career progression;
  • Communicate with senior leaders in the Trust.

For more information please contact alison.turrill@dchft.nhs.uk