North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has been named the best Health and Social Care Provider in the UK in the 2018 Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.
The Trust, which employs more than 2,500 people, including an estimated 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, returned to its highest ever ranking of 46th place in this year’s list.
As well as receiving the highest ranking Health and Social care organisation in the UK – up from 3rd last year – NEAS is also the top ranked NHS Foundation Trust and the top performing ambulance service UK wide and continues to be the top ranked emergency service in the North East.
Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers is the definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.
The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, an annual audit of the workplace culture and a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces.
Now in its fourteenth year, the list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces.
This year’s ranking reflects efforts at NEAS to engage with LGBT employees in addition to making improvements to services and employment practices for employees and patients.
Catherine Young, interim chair and acting NEAS chair and Board champion for equality said: “It’s fantastic to see we have made such great progress and are back in Stonewall’s top 50 list of employers. We are especially proud to be the top performing health and social care organisation, NHS Foundation Trust and ambulance service and we will use this result to build on our work and explore areas we can further develop.”
Chief executive Yvonne Ormston added: “We are really proud that the effort we’ve made over recent years to make services and employment opportunities more inclusive for LGBT people has been recognised in this way."