Welcome to The HiVE


At SCFT we want to create a culture where people can bring their whole selves to work and thrive.

This section will give you a taster of life at SCFT and the work of our vibrant staff networks.

If you would like to know more about one or more of the networks, please get in touch.

Download this brochure to find out more.

To contact our Equality and Diversity Team email sc-tr.equality@nhs.net.

SCFT has jumped more than 140 places in Stonewall’s list of top LGBT+ Inclusive employers.

Each year, Stonewall publish a list of the 100 employers that receive the highest marks in our annual Workplace Equality Index.

The 2019 Index was the largest in the Index’s fifteen-year history, with 445 organisations taking part.

SCFT entered for the second time and this year shot up the rankings by 146 places. SCFT is now ranked 225 Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

Lindsey Stevenson, Chair of the LGBT+ Network, said: “I am pleased with this year’s Workplace Equality Index result; this result reflects the positivity and empowerment that shapes the way in which Trust promotes inclusion.

“SCFT are proud to be Stonewall Diversity Champions. Over the next year we will continue on our journey of improvement in order to promote the Trust as an employer of choice for the LGBT+ community.

Caroline Haynes, Director of HR and OD, said: “I am delighted for everyone involved in our submission and want to say a big thank you to Lindsey Stevenson for all of her hard work chairing the LGBT+ Network.

“It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm that members of our Networks have shown over the last 12 months. I am really looking forward to what 2019 might bring.

Get in touch: sc-tr.bame.scft@nhs.net.

"Valuing individuality, supporting inclusion and promoting diversity."

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network influences positive workplaces by addressing barriers and supporting staff to achieve excellence.

People from all backgrounds who are committed to the networks' aims are welcome.

Meet the network co-chairs: Tanya Brown-Griffith and Vivek Patil

Get in touch: sc-tr.disability@nhs.netwww.twitter.com/sct_disability

The Disability Network is open to ALL Trust staff and volunteers, and offers support and guidance around disabilities including short and long term health conditions, sensory impairments, mental health issues, and learning difficulties and disabilities.

We run Network Strategy Meetings every two months, rotating across the Trust, and informal #SCFTbuddy Drop-in Sessions every two weeks. Email us if you would like to be added to our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

Useful links:

Access to Work - A publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work by providing practical and financial support: www.gov.uk/access-to-work

At Work (Possability People) - Personalised support for people in Crawley and Brighton and Hove living with conditions causing muscle, joint or tendon pain. Free for employers and employees to access: bit.ly/poss-at-work

Disabled Persons Railcard - £20 for one year, and offers 1/3 off adult rail fares. Unlike Network Railcards, there are no time restrictions: www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/using-your-railcard/the-benefits/

Employers for Carers - A range of free resources to support staff juggling work and care. Create an account at efcdigital.org and use the membership code #EFC1496.

End the Awkward - Scope’s campaign aimed at helping people feel more comfortable about disability. It includes a useful table of preferred language and terminology: www.scope.org.uk/campaigns/end-the-awkward

Helping Hand Scheme - Free cards to discreetly and directly advise of any assistance required. Administered via Brighton & Hove Buses but also useful in taxis, shops, leisure establishments and more: buses.co.uk/helpinghand

NHS Employers - An interactive toolkit for recruiting and supporting disabled staff in the NHS: bit.ly/nhse-toolkit

Meet the Network Chair - Emma Mendes da Costa

Get in touch: sc-tr.lgbtnetwork@nhs.net

"Working in partnership with the Trust to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working 
environment that encourages a culture of respect and equality."

Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other sexual and gender minority staff (LGBT+) and their allies.

Meet the network chair and co-chair - Lindsey Stevenson and Trudy Ward.

Get in touch: sc-tr.religionandbelief@nhs.net.

"An opportunity for colleagues to shape and develop the way the Trust engages with spirituality both internally and externally, with the communities we serve"

The Religion and Belief Network helps us explore opportunities to use the considerable wealth of community and hospital based resources available through established faith groups in order to support the wellbeing of patients and to enhance the process of recovery in people’s lives.

It provides a safe forum for colleagues to explore the degree to which it is appropriate to express and incorporate aspects of spirituality into professional life.

Meet the network co-chairs - Damien Brennan and Toni Hayes