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The Trust is committed to the development of a culture that promotes and celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion.
As a public sector organisation we have a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality for people who have one of the nine protected characteristics listed below, but we also endeavour to work more broadly within the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 and proactively support people with other vulnerabilities such as, but not limited to care responsibility, homelessness, geographical isolation and poverty. Everyone who uses our services can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.
The nine protected characteristics defined under the Equality Act 2010 are:
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race including nationality and ethnicity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
Equality is not about treating everyone the same. We endeavour to an equality of outcome for our patients. Equality is about ensuring access to services is available to all. This is done by taking account of people's differing needs and capabilities.
Diversity is about recognising and valuing differences through inclusion, regardless of age, disability, marital status, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. We are committed to have a work force that represents the community we serve.
Inclusion is about ensuring our practices are guided, developed and overseen by people they affect. From April 2018 we will offer a range of co-production groups to help us develop more person centred working practices and support our patients in ways they choose.
Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)
Like other NHS organisations we aim to work towards the equality agenda by implementing the national EDS2 framework. The EDS2 requires us to collect evidence and develop clear and realistic objectives based on what we find. We are graded by those representing the protected characteristics, staff and other local groups.
Inclusion as Standard
Inclusion as Standard is our commitment that any patient, visitor or staff member can expect our facilities to meet their needs regardless of disability, additional needs or protected characteristic.
We know we can do more to support our communities and the people within them and we are committed to work hard to be more active and responsive to the needs of the people we serve. Inclusion as Standard will help us do this through reporting of good practice and gaps in support, developing a sense of communal responsibility and rewarding engagement.
Our accreditation system allows our departments to feed back where they have done well and where they feel the could do better with the right help, then empowers our staff and patients to take a lead in developing and refining solutions through our co-production groups.
The aim of Inclusion as Standard is to see improvements across our Trust, guided by people actually affected by the issues.
Contact: For information about our work to make our trust more equal, diverse and inclusive, or to get involved with one of our co-production groups, please contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Simon Howard by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
See also our 'People with disabilities' page