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.
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race including nationality and ethnicity
- Religion and belief
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for comments or suggestions regarding diversity.
See also our 'People with disabilities' page