Trust launches new equality accreditation scheme

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North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new equality, diversity and inclusion accreditation scheme which will support patients to have equitable access to our services.

The new scheme, Inclusion as Standard, is a commitment that any patient, visitor or staff member can expect the Trust’s facilities to meet their needs regardless of disability, race, religion, additional need or any other protected characteristic.

The system of accreditation will be implemented across the Trust and will see departments and wards rated as Bronze, Silver or Gold standard at the end of the year. Accreditation will be based on evidenced work in making adjustments to support patients.

Lesley Crosby, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “Inclusion as Standard seeks to embed the principles and processes of accessibility, equality and diversity so that they become part of our everyday working practices. The new scheme incorporates all of our organisational values and will allow the public to see how well departments within the Trust support people with additional needs. We envisage that this will make visiting, using or working within our services a more inclusive and accessible experience for all”.

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