We have been announced as a Diversity Champion by Bristol City Council for our commitment to championing diversity as part of the Stepping Up programme.

The award is given to organisations which have made an exceptional contribution to the programme, which aims to develop talent and ensure fair representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, Disabled People and women in positions of leadership.        

Amanda Cheesley, Chair at Sirona care & health, explains more about Sirona’s involvement and the importance of being recognised as a Diversity Champion:

“I’m thrilled that we have been recognised as a Diversity Champion. It’s an acknowledgement of the hard work and changes we have made to offer more opportunities to people of all backgrounds. The programme has helped us invest in future talent and provide support to help people reach their full potential. I’m also delighted to see the direct impact for those who have taken part.

“As a provider of NHS services, it’s essential that we understand the needs of local people to help us provide services which meet those needs. We have recently expanded to provide services for people across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, and it’s more important than ever for us to ensure our leadership reflects the population we serve. Being part of the programme has helped us to hear a more authentic voice, which understands more about the experiences of the people we care for, and this will help us improve services.

“This success will now help us expand this offer to include more staff in the future, and help more people access the programme.”

As part of the programme, we supported staff members through the course, which involves learning modules on leadership, as well as mentorship from senior staff. Support of the programme is part of our ongoing commitment to build and maintain an inclusive working environment that attracts and develops talented people from all backgrounds.

The award was presented to Sirona’s staff by Bristol City Council’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig at a virtual ceremony, before Programme Director and architect of Stepping Up Professor Christine Bamford delivered the award in person.

Programme Director and architect of Stepping Up, Professor Christine Bamford, said:

“Sirona has supported the Stepping Up diversity programme from the very beginning. The support extended far beyond nominating diverse members of staff to attend the programme.

“They have actively embraced diversity through staff led groups and Associate Non-Executive Directors and are proud that they meet gender equality and diversity standards for their Board.

“It is for these reasons that the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Asher Craig and myself are delighted to present the Diversity Champion Award to Sirona. We hope that we will continue to work in partnership to foster inclusive leadership and embrace diversity of thought as part of the vision to change the landscape of leadership across the south west.”