Supporting our diverse workforce

Support via our Staff Networks, the impact of Covid-19 on people of BAME backgrounds, and menopause awareness. 

Staff networks 

We have a number of staff network groups which give our staff the chance to come together and discuss issues and share experiences, allowing their voice to be heard and to shape our organisation and improve equal opportunities.

You can find out more about the networking groups, including how to get involved, by clicking the links below:

Library resources

A range of books are available to support the Staff Network groups. Booklists are available for Rainbow resources (LGBTQ+) and Race Equality resources via the Trust Library and Information Service which is open to all staff and students of HDFT and HIF. Books can be borrowed in person or sent to your work address. The booklist can be accessed here.

The impact of Covid-19 on people of BAME backgrounds

We recognise that Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.


Nafsiyat, an experienced intercultural therapy centre, is currently offering free intercultural counselling sessions for nursing staff whose first language is not English. Multiple languages are provided by intercultural counsellors. This is a pilot scheme for our region. Please mention your trust and that you are a nurse. Contact [email protected] or call 020 7263 6947 or visit

Filipino bereavement support

There is a team of fully qualified professionals who are Tagalog speakers ready to help you if you have experienced bereavement; and/or if your wellbeing has been affected by witnessing traumatic deaths as part of your work. It is also available to provide support for any other anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing as a result of the pandemic. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.
Call 0300 303 1115 from 8am-8pm.

NHS England’s wellbeing and coaching support for BAME colleagues

NHS England have developed a number of bespoke support offers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) NHS colleagues in collaboration with staff networks. These include a one-to-one wellbeing coaching offer and a specific Islamic mental mental health and wellbeing service. More information can be found here.

Menopause awareness 

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development ‘Let’s talk menopause’ resource provides guidance for managers on how to effectively support women around the menopause at work as well as advice on how to break the stigma around this issue. They also run podcasts.

The Royal College of Nursing’s menopause pages can be found here.

Menopause Matters is an independent website providing information and resources on all aspects of the menopause.

Menopause in the workplace, from NHS Employers.

The Trust is also supporting Menopause Cafes. These are spaces for conversations about menopause. Virtual events can be found here. For more information contact Angie Colvin, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, at [email protected] or via 01423 553048.

Menopause is a phase of life. While some sail through it with barely a symptom, it isn’t an easy transition for all. With the right support we can improve their experience at work and in their personal lives.

We want to help everyone feel comfortable to have open and honest conversations about menopause, never feeling that the subject is taboo or off limits.  Everyone experiences menopause differently, both in terms of their symptoms and their personal preference in managing them.

  • We want to encourage menopause conversations and make sure colleagues get the support they need.
  • Menopause awareness is not just for women, it’s for all colleague

Let’s get the conversation started

Menopause support – If you feel that you need menopause additional support then you may wish to request access to a license for the Peppy Health (Menopause support app.)

Due to limited number of licenses for the app we want to ensure we prioritise our colleagues that are most impacted by their menopause symptoms and are struggling to get help elsewhere.

Peppy Application (   Please take extra care to ensure your email address is typed in correctly as this is how they will reach you.

You can book on one of the menopause awareness sessions via this link Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Forthcoming menopause awareness sessions are available via the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership –Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Menopause Information is also available on

More resources are available at Home | Menopause Hub – Expert information, useful resources, top tips and women’s stories (