Equal opportunities and diversity
Providing equality of opportunity for patients, their carers and our staff is a central element of our pursuit of excellence in care provision. Here you will find information about equal opportunities and diversity in our Trust.
Our Equality Statement
We are committed to the elimination of unlawful and unfair discrimination and value the differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation.
We aim to be a fair employer and strive to achieve equality of opportunity for all, creating inclusive workplace environments where everyone can work effectively towards the provision of better healthcare. As a Trust we have a comprehensive policy, setting out how it will work to deliver high quality services to all in fair and equitable ways.
Meeting our public sector equality duty
Under the Equality Act 2010 as a public body we have a general public sector equality duty to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination,
- Promote equality of opportunity and
- Foster good relations between people with different backgrounds.
As an NHS body the Trust is also under a specific duty to publish information on its performance and to set itself equality objectives designed to address any areas where service users or staff have identified weaknesses. The Trust published much of that information in its annual equality performance reports.
Other performance measures
Like all other NHS bodies, we use the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS). This is a performance framework which measures how well the people who use our services or work for us think we are doing in meeting their specific needs regardless of their sex, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disabilities, sexual orientation, marital status or whether they are pregnant or a nursing mother.
We provide evidence to local stakeholders on its performance against the four goals which are broken down into 18 outcomes. The stakeholders then grade our performance based on its evidence and their own experience of the Trust as a care provider or employer. Our equality objectives and EDS grades are set out at the bottom of this page.
Since 2015 all NHS Trusts have been required to collect and publish data on delivering race equality within their workforce. This NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, was introduced in part because of the association between the quality of outcomes for patients and the way trusts address fairness for their Black, Asian and other minority ethnic staff.
From 2016 all Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data will be published nationally to a standardised format.
Below is the Trust's action plan in response to its own data on the nine indicators in the WRES.