Equality & diversity

Equality & Diversity

The Trust is committed to the development of an organisational culture that  promotes equality and celebrates diversity. As a public sector organistion we have a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality for nine protected characteristics:

We are committed to meeting our duties under the legislation but also to provide quality services that take into account the individual needs of patients and carers. Everyone who uses our services can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.

Equality is not about treating everyone the same; it is about ensuring the 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.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race including nationality and ethnicity
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve, enabling us to deliver quality care to patients and carers.

Equality Delivery System (EDS) 
Like other NHS organisations we aim to work towards the equality agenda by implementing the national EDS framework. The EDS requires us to collect evidence and develop clear and realistic objectives based on that evidence. Furthermore, we will be graded by those representing the protected characteristics and other local groups, as well as staff.

Contact: Dr Andrea Banham on 01480 363551 or email andrea.banham@nhs.net for comments or suggestions regarding diversity.

See also our 'People with disabilities' page

  • Patient experience groups - work closely with us to improve our patient experience by making suggestions and recommendations 

  • EDS Steering Group - responsible for leading monitoring and evaluating Equality and Diversity  work within the Trust. This group is chaired by the  Assistant Director of Nursing and Care quality. The steering group regularly reports the Trust board.

The Chaplaincy Department offers pastoral and spiritual care to  all who enter our hospitals, whether they are patients, staff, patients’ families and friends or visitors, regardless of personal faith or cultural background.


Visit our Chaplaincy page for more information.

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that you report hate crime if it happens to you, or someone you know.

Disability Hate Crime Reporting Packs can be obtained from the Equality and Disability Team by calling 01733 677523 or 01733 673832.

The police service has launched a new way for victims to report hate crime online. The website, called True Vision, can be accessed at www.report-it.org.uk. The site also provides links to organizations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.