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LGBT and Unconscious Bias (and Annual Branch Meeting)

CIPD Kent Branch

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)

LGBT and Unconscious Bias (and Annual Branch Meeting)

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The Session


LGBT+ What does the plus mean, what is the relevance to HR professionals?


LGBT+ is an "inclusive" way to represent different gender and sexuality identities.

We know what LGBT stands for but there are now many other terms people use to define their gender and sexuality. This session will explain some of the terms you may not be familiar with and why it is important to respect those identities


Unconscious Bias Awareness.

Unconscious bias can impact on recruitment promotion access to development opportunities and staff satisfaction.

 A father and son were involved in a car accident in which the father was killed and the son seriously injured.

The father was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and his body taken to the local morgue.

The son was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and immediately wheeled into an emergency room.

A surgeon was called. Upon arrival, and seeing the patient, the attending surgeon exclaimed, “Oh my God, it’s my son!”

Who is the surgeon?

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious biases are unconscious feelings we have towards other people – unconscious feelings that play a strong part in influencing our judgement of certain people and groups, away from being balanced or even-handed, in many different areas of life.

Unconscious bias at work can influence decisions in recruitment, promotion, staff development and recognition and can lead to a less diverse workforce. Employers can overlook talented workers and instead favour those who share their own characteristics or views.


Where unconscious bias is against a protected characteristic, it can be discriminatory. For example if during a recruitment process an employer ignores the skills and experience of a candidate who is a different race than them and appoints another candidate who is the same race, this could be discriminatory.


Explore your biases and develop strategies to deal with them.

The Speaker

Bruce Campion-Smith BA (Hons.), Adv. P.G. Dip.

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, East Kent Hospitals University NHS FT (EKHUFT).

Bruce has worked in the field of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for close to twenty years. He has been engaged during that time by several organisations including Police Forces, Border and Immigration Agency, Home Office, and the NHS.

He has worked at East Kent Hospitals University NHS FT (EKHUFT) as the Diversity & Inclusion lead since 2009 and is responsible for the strategic approach to D&I for patients and staff. EKHUFT employs around 8000 staff and provides in excess of 1.5 million patient interactions every year.

Bruce and his team support the Board of Directors and Senior Managers to build an inclusive environment that meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and mandatory standards including The Workforce Race and Disability Equality Standards (WRES & WDES), The Equality Delivery System (EDS2), The Accessible Information Standard (AIS) and the Gender Pay gap reporting requirements. As a leader in his field, Bruce is an innovator who has attracted various awards to the Trust.

EKHUFT’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group has been developed and is managed by Bruce. This involves working with the Group Chair to set agendas, provide thought-leadership, provide Executive Briefing and ensure the D&I Strategy is aligned with the Trusts vision and values. He highlights areas of concern to the Group and other key stakeholders and generates effective solutions that incorporate good diversity and inclusion practice and support operational priorities.

Bruce is responsible for setting and implementing the Trust’s D&I strategy; implementing key diversity initiatives, defining and implementing appropriate measurement tools and supporting Executive management in the integration of the Trust’s D&I strategy.

He has developed robust knowledge sharing mechanisms to ensure the Executive team and colleagues are briefed and the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded and inform every aspect of the organisation’s work.

He advises reviews and supports the development and implementation of Trust policies ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion issues are considered and reflected where appropriate.

Working in partnership with the HR team Bruce develops, implements, monitors and reviews processes and procedures including recruitment, learning and development, management information provision, monitoring and reporting to ensure that Diversity and Inclusion issues are at the forefront.

This session is preceeded by our Annual Branch Meeting and some light refreshments. Although we intend to start the meeting at 6.30pm and the session to start at 7pm. 

If you would like to join the committee, please let us know beforehand by emailing



Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Do you have questions about LGBT and Unconscious Bias (and Annual Branch Meeting)? Contact CIPD Kent Branch

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Hilton Hotel

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)

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CIPD Kent Branch

We are the Kent branch of CIPD - the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years.


We have a wide range of organisations and CIPD membership and we respond to this with a full selection of CPD and networking opportunities.


Due to the geographical spread of the county we have 3 area groups – Mid Kent, West Kent and East Kent. Between them they regularly hold sessions with guest speakers on subjects requested by the members. Most events are supported by local companies who host the events and provide an opportunity to meet other HR practitioners.


We also appreciate the specialisms within HR and have Special Interest Groups that meet regularly and occasionally have speakers. These groups include Health and Social Care and Senior Practitioners. Similarly we have smaller bespoke groups, Self Managed Learning Groups that operate throughout the county. These include the Coaching Groups in East Kent and West Kent. We  encourage the creation of new groups so if there is not an area covered, why not set one up?


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