Last Modified: 4:17pm 13/03/2023
MKUH Pride Network
Who we are
The Pride Staff Network is a group of individuals from across the Trust who self-identify as being LGBTQ+ or are an ally of LGBTQ+ individuals.
The core aim of our network is to promote equality, diversity, inclusion and Pride in our LGBTQ+ staff and to assist MKUH to deliver better services for all, both staff and patients.
We want to improve the working lives of LGBT+ staff by empowering them to feel safe and able to be “out” at work allowing all staff to bring their whole selves to work, this will benefit both our colleagues and our patients.
Meet the Network Chair and Vice-Chair below!
Annie Rose – Chair
I’m Annie (She/Her), the new Pride Network Chair. I’m a research nurse, with my background in Sexual Health. I’ve worked in the NHS, the Army, and the Charity Sector, and am dedicated to equality in everything.
I think the role of the Pride Network is to work across the hospital to keep diversity and inclusivity a key part of the daily life of all who work here. I already have links with the Women’s Network, the Staff Ability Network, and the Veterans’ Network, and am keen to make those relationships as effective as possible for the benefit of MKUH’s staff. I would like to work to foster and maintain relationships across the Networks and hospital departments, listening to issues and proposed solutions to minimise the barriers experienced.
Isaac Griffiths – Vice-Chair
My name’s Isaac (They/Them), I’m a healthcare assistant in the fracture clinic and I’m your Pride Network Vice Chair! I’ve previously worked with LGBTQ+ groups at university, and I currently sit on the committee for Under The Umbrella (UTu), a local community organisation supporting LGBTQ+ young people in and around Milton Keynes. I’m friendly, passionate and engaged, and look forward to meeting you!
On a personal level I believe very strongly in the Pride Network and what we do in creating a safe environment for our staff and service users. I’m knowledgeable on a wide range of LGBTQ+ issues and always keen to learn more. I want to be able to use my voice to help others, as well as be able to create space for other people to speak. I’m friendly, chatty and always happy to help!
We welcome all staff both LGBTQ+ and Allies to join us at any of our events or meetings as we are an inclusive network.
- Raise awareness of LGBTQ+ staff issues
- Raise awareness of issues specifically affecting transgender and non-binary staff
- Be a safe point of contact for LGBTQ+ staff
- Actively influence NHS policies and strategies that will or may impact on LGBTQ+ patients
- Organise activities and events for LGBTQ+ staff and allies
- Provide first level support to LGBTQ+ staff