Celebrating our diverse workforce on Overseas NHS Workers Day

Posted Friday, March 1, 2024 3:45 PM

Celebrating our diverse workforce on Overseas NHS Workers Day

In celebration of Overseas NHS Workers Day today (Friday 1 March) a large artwork of world flags has been unveiled at King’s Mill Hospital.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which has colleagues from more than 100 countries, is celebrating its diverse workforce.

Flags representing the countries of birth of colleagues are on display beside the main lifts on the ground floor of King’s Mill Hospital, where they can be seen by thousands of patients, colleagues and visitors every day.

New flags have been added in 2024 to represent colleagues from countries including Bahamas, Belgium, Botswana, Finland, Haiti, Malta, Norway and Sweden. 

The display supports the Trust’s anti-racism strategy and promotes equality, diversity and inclusivity, summed up by the title: ‘One world, one #TeamSFH.’

Andriyan Kirov, an Operating Department Practitioner based at Newark Hospital who is originally from Bulgaria, said: “Happy Overseas NHS Workers Day to all my colleagues across the Trust and thank you for the input you provide to make our patients and community healthier, safer and feel cared for.

“SFH not only invests in diversity and equality, but has also invested in me, understood me and provided flexibility and genuine interest in my wellbeing and work-life balance making it an attractive place to work.”

Rob Simcox, Director of People at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the number of flags has increased from 95 last year to 102 in 2024. 

“No matter where our colleagues are from, we work together as one team to provide outstanding care every single day and I’m really proud of that.

“I hope our colleagues will see the flag representing their country of birth on the wall every day and know how much we value the skills, knowledge and expertise they bring to #TeamSFH.”

People from ethnic minorities make up around 16% of the Trust’s workforce, which is higher than the local population of 5.5% (2021 census).

Overseas NHS Workers Day was launched by the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) in 2021 to say thank you to all those who migrated to the UK to work in our NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Celebrations will continue next week at the Trust’s Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital sites, where the artwork will also be on permanent display.

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