Launch of joint Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: Creating a just, fair and inclusive culture

Date: 11 February 2022

EDI strategy image

Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust have produced their first joint Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategy to help address inequalities, spread good practice, and improve outcomes for patients, carers, and staff across our organisations and local communities.

Jackie Smith, Chair and Jinjer Kandola MBE, Chief Executive of both Trusts said: “We want to create and sustain a fair and just environment where all our staff are supported to make their best contribution, and have their experience, concerns and ideas heard. We want all of our patients to have equal and timely access to care that continues to be tailored to their needs, building on our role as an “anchor” organisation in the local economy to bring tangible benefits to the communities that we serve.”

Read the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025

Delivering excellent care for diverse populations

Our primary function is to deliver excellent care for the diverse populations of North Central London (NCL). We are committed to developing our services to ensure we deliver the best possible integrated care across all our services.

We will collaborate with NHS colleagues, primary care, our local authorities, and the voluntary and community sector to deliver integrated care and prevention initiatives at neighbourhood level near to where patients and service users live and work.

Our staff are at the heart of our organisations and it is our responsibility to ensure they are supported to deliver the best care possible. With staffing challenges across the NHS, we will create a culture where we champion and develop our staff and promote inclusion across the partnership between our two Trusts.

We will encourage a healthy work-life balance for all our staff, develop collective leadership at all levels of our organisations, and realise individual development opportunities. We will cultivate collaborative working with our partners to share best practice and enable integrated care delivery.

Five areas of focus

In order to keep our focus and to stay on track with delivering the strategy, we have developed a detailed action plan for each trust with five main areas of focus. These areas align with the objectives of national EDI standards (Workforce Race Equality Standard, Workforce Disability Equality Standard, Gender Pay Gap), have been developed in partnership with our staff networks and service user groups, and complement other Trust strategies as part of the wider cultural transformation agenda.

The five areas of focus are shown in the diagram below:

Our action plans will be refreshed annually, with a progress report published in the Public Sector Equality Duty Annual Report. Delivery of the action plan is supported by the Executive Teams, with regular updates through the Trust’s governance structure.

Progress will also be measured through national benchmarking, and regular engagement with staff, service users, and communities. This will allow us to keep an active watch on improvements and any areas of concern.

Service users at the centre of all we do

Objective 1: Improve service user access and experience

We want to ensure our services are accessible to all our service users and carers. We also want to ensure the information we provide can be adapted to meet individual needs.

Applying our Trusts’ values, we will strive to provide personalised and compassionate care while respecting different people’s needs, aspirations, and priorities. We aim to ensure service users and carers have a positive experience of our services and are not disadvantaged in any way.

Objective 2: Better health outcomes

We want to identify where there are health inequalities in our services and have systems in place to tackle these in an open and transparent way. We want to ensure inequalities are flagged and transformed into improvement measures, which are evident in service planning and captured via the Trusts’ EDI workstreams.

On a personal level, we aim to ensure all our service users are supported to achieve their health and wellbeing goals. We want to empower our service users, who at times may struggle to have their voices heard in society, and provide them with choices, effective advocacy, and compassion and enable them to take control of their care and treatment.

EDI is everyone’s business

We want this strategy to feel real and will continue to involve staff and service users in new and innovative ways to ensure that we have the highest possible levels of engagement.

There is still a long way to go, but we look forward to travelling the road with all of you to create organisations which really are great places to receive care and to work for. We will share updates at regular intervals and look forward to celebrating the progress we are making.

Read the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2025

  • Summary:

    Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust have produced their first joint Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategy to help address inequalities, spread good practice, and improve outcomes for patients, carers, and staff across our organisations and local communities.

  • Category: