To celebrate LGBT+ history month we caught up with Alyx Stevenson, who works for our IT Service Desk and is a member of our LGBT+ staff network having started her transition a year ago.
How long you have been in your current job and what does it involve?
I work on the IT Service Desk at Sirona, we are the first point of contact for all IT related issues. I have done a couple of different IT-based roles over the years. My career got off to a bit of a slow start due to health reasons but I am now working full time as a service desk officer and I have been in this role for just under a year.
What do you love most about working at Sirona?
The culture; people genuinely care and support each other at Sirona, which makes dealing with stressful and difficult days a lot easier.
What is the best career advice anyone has ever given to you?
Don’t underestimate yourself.
What is your biggest passion outside of work?
My main passion is tech, but I am also an avid cyclist. I once rode to Chepstow and back via the Severn Bridge, I was very proud of that!
How important is it to you that the NHS celebrates LGBT+ History Month?
Very important as visibility helps to normalise our presence in the workplace.
Why do you feel it’s important to have regular conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace?
Sometimes the best way to overcome an issue and educate people about it is to discuss it openly. I have recently become a member of our LGBT+ staff network, it’s a safe space for people across the company to come together, share experiences and offer suggestions on ways that the organisation can learn and develop.
What are the biggest challenges do you feel for LGBT+ patients right now?
Lack of understanding is the main one, many LGBT+ patients have specific needs that often go unrecognised. We would encourage all patients using out services to speak up about their gender identity if they feel comfortable doing so, to help our clinicians signpost them towards the right health information and support them to access the treatment they need.
Careers at Sirona
We actively promote equality of opportunity for all and aim to employ a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Our career opportunities are varied and diverse, offering defined development routes for staff. View our current vacancies to see what a career at Sirona could look like for you.
At Sirona we live our Taking it Personally values. Inclusivity is integral to Taking it Personally. You can read about our equality, diversity and inclusion plan for 2019-2021, by clicking here.