On Saturday 22 August, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust is illuminating the skies of King’s Lynn in the distinctive pride flag colours. The team at the QEH are beaming the pride colours onto the side of their 80m tall on-site wind turbine.
The QEH is proud to be an open and inclusive employer, and in lighting up the highest point on the site, will be showing their unwavering support to the staff that work there and the patients they care for. The colours will be able to be seen across the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk skyline.
Laura Skaife-Knight, Deputy CEO, said: “I’m really pleased that we are lighting up the wind turbine on Saturday evening. It will look fantastic, and is a really positive way that we can show our commitment to being an open and inclusive organisation and one where openness, diversity and differences are celebrated.”
The Trust has an active, staff-led LGBT+ network and a BAME network alongside an Indian Nurses in King’s Lynn support group.
As part of its staff engagement programme during COVID-19, the Trust did all it could to support its staff and rolled-out a comprehensive mental health support programme which included access to counselling services and self-help guides. Support for staff has been strengthened in the recovery phase of COVID-19, including through the recruitment of a dedicated Clinical Psychology post to support staff and new listening forums for staff.
Head of Staff Engagement Amanda-Jane Weir said: “We want to send out a strong positive message of support, not only to our staff but also to our patients and the local population whom form part of the LGBT+ community. I can think of no better way to demonstrate this on such a special day other than lighting up the sky for them.”