5 minutes with our new Respect Champion Lead, Lee Jenkinson
What are the respect champions?
The Respect Champions are a network of UHMBT staff who have been trained, in addition to their contracted role, to listen to colleagues concerns around workplace relationships and behaviours - this is done discreetly. We sit in the Inclusion and Engagement team. The champions can also help facilitate training to groups around respect, civility and the behavioural standards framework. They will give different options on how you deal with a situation, using the early resolution tools in the first instance. They can also refer people to different teams as required - for example union reps, staff networks.
What interested you to apply?
I have been interested in equality, diversity and inclusion for a long time, and have been involved with the trust LGTBT+ Staff and Patient Network for over 5 years - most recently as Chair alongside working clinically as a Clinical Support Worker for over 10 years. In this role, I have spoken with staff who have been victims of homophobia and transphobia, as well as being a recipient of it myself. I felt I wanted to do more to ensure our UHMBT family feel safe to come to work, and not feel like they are bullied, victimised or harassed.
What do you do outside of work?
I spend time with friends when we are available which is hard as we all work for the NHS so it's hard to find the time. I also volunteer a lot of time to St John Ambulance which I joined as a cadet at age 14. I currently volunteer in the regional assurance team and am the national volunteer EDI lead.
If we need help from the Respect Champion Network, how do we get it?