A founding principle of the NHS was to be inclusive. That is as true today as it was when the NHS was established in 1948. The only way to consistently provide the highest possible level of care is through being truly inclusive, creating the right conditions for our people to flourish and our patients to receive the services they need. This Trust is committed to developing a culture that promotes and celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion.
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 have been offering a range of co-production groups to help us develop more person centred working practices and support our patients in ways they access their care.