Resize text Make the text bigger Make the text smaller

About the Trust - Diversity

You are here: Home \ Trust \ Diversity \ Our commitment to you - Religion and Belief


Our commitment to you - Religion and Belief


Welcoming Diversity

At the RD&E we value the full range of religions and beliefs our staff bring to work. These help enrich our workplace and the life experience we bring to patient care. This webpage shows our Trust’s commitment to our staff, as regards religion and belief, so you know what to expect if you come to work for us.


Religion, belief and work …

We appreciate our staff observing their religious beliefs and do what we can to accommodate this in working life. We will look favourably on reasonable requests to enable staff to observe beliefs if it is made in good time and if we can meet it without affecting our service delivery. It is hard to say what is reasonable in every case but please give as much notice as you can of any change you need.



Some believers will want to abstain from pork, beef, animal products or from food altogether when fasting. We aim to provide a vegetarian option in catering and realise that staff may wish to opt out of work lunches etc altogether on occasion.


Special activities

You may need time off for special occasions or events, for prayer or even meeting colleagues at the Trust who share your beliefs. Please ask your manager … we will try to help wherever we reasonably can through annual leave, unpaid leave or adjusting your hours.


Sacred space

Staff, patients and visitors are welcome to use the Chaplaincy Centre privately at any time or to join in an organised activity.  For example, many Muslim staff use the space for their “salah” (prayers) and various staff Christian groups also meet there.

If you need anything beyond what is already on offer please contact the Chaplaincy on ext. 2024.


Zero tolerance

Fairness, dignity, equality and respect are all basic human rights, so we cannot afford anything less than zero tolerance if ever they are breached.

We expect all staff to challenge any breach of these rights, whether staff-side or service-side. This could be informally or formally through procedures such as grievance, disciplinary, whistle blowing, or incident reporting.

Any queries?

If you want more information on the support available or if you would like to discuss how the RD&E could provide more support to its staff please get in touch.


You can contact the Chaplain on 01392 402024 or by email at


Simon Harrison, Lead Chaplain

Simon Harrison, Lead Chaplain


Call 111 when its less than urgent