Equality & diversity

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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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:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race including nationality and ethnicity
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • 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 nwangliaft.edi@nhs.net

See also our 'People with disabilities' page 

Diversity calendar - spring/summer 2019

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Production Group  is responsible for identifying and developing solutions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues within the Trust. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Production Group. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Production Group is open to Trust Equality Champions and elected representatives of the various sub-groups.

Co-production Sub-groups: Our Co-production Sub-groups take responsibility for supporting their own specific remit. The groups are open to the public, patients, staff and interested parties. The dates for future Co-Production Sub-Groups are below. 

LGBTQIA+ Co-production Sub-group - Wednesday 17th April 2019, 10am to 12pm. Room 3, The Learning Centre, Peterborough City Hospital
Deaf and Hearing Loss Co-production Sub-group -  Thursday 18th April 2019, 10.00am to 12.00pm. Room 1, The Learning Centre, Peterborough City Hospital

To become involved with a group, or if you feel a new sub-group should be created to support you or someone you know, please contact nwangliaft.edi@nhs.net

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, Disability and Inclusion Team by calling 01733678089

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.