Equality and diversity
Why are equality, diversity and inclusion important to us?
To be fair and equitable in our service provision and serving our community, it is essential that the provision of services provided are fair, accessible, flexible and provide choice as appropriate.
Our aim is to recruit and retain creative and committed staff to work with us from all of the diverse communities served to better represent the our footprint.
We also have a moral, legal and corporate social duty to ensure that our services recognise and deliver culturally sensitive, inclusive, accessible and appropriate services;which make a difference to individual lives and to ensure that the services we provide do so without discrimination.
Our commitment of inclusive behaviour is not only aimed at our service users, but is also the same for our staff, in that our approach will be open transparent, focused and based on our values.
Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
The government's equality strategy 'Building a fairer Britain', published under the 2010 – 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democratic coalition government, underpinned two principles of equal treatment and equal opportunity.
To ensure that we are more accountable to the community we serves and effectively tackle discrimination in the work place, we will work towards ensuring prejudice and discriminatory behaviour is eliminated.
Our commitment to equality and diversity is around consulting with the diverse multi-cultured, multi-faith population we served and the staff we employe.
We are committed to ensuring that equality and diversity is at the heart of all we do. This means ensuring that equality and fairness is embedded in the delivery of services to our service users and local community. It also means ensuring our employment practices are fair, flexible and enabling so each member of staff can reach their full potential.
Ensuring equality of opportunity in employment monitoring
To ensure that we are an inclusive employer, we are consistently striving to give anyone wanting to work with us the same fair opportunities when applying for a job
We will use the equality monitoring reports to help us understand our workforce profile, across the entire diverse protected characteristic, to fully analyse trends and take appropriate action towards greater inclusion.
In ensuring we meets our equality duty in respect of employment we are committed to:
- ensuring that our workforce represents our local communities at all levels and across all occupations
- ensuring our employment policies and practices are used fairly and equally, and that different groups gain the same positive experiences from working for our Trust
- promoting good relations between all people who work for our Trust, including volunteers and individuals employed by other organisations.
We monitors iour workforce profile, in respect of our recruitment and employment processes. The information is broken down by race, disability and gender (in accordance with our legal duties), as well as by age and working pattern. This helps us to identify if there are any detrimental or unfavourable impacts in respect of:
- day-to-day working life
- applying for employment
- applying for promotion
- applying for training
- receive training
- disciplinary action
- whistle blowing
Meeting our legal duty
As a public sector organisation, we have a statutory duty to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded into all functions and activities. This is required by the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.
The Equality Act 2010 replaces all previous equality legislation, such as; The Race Relations Act, The Disability Discrimination Act, The Sex/Gender Discrimination Act, Religion and Belief Regulations and Sexual Orientation Regulation.
The Equality Act places a duty on public sector organisations to pay 'due regard' to the personal protected characteristics in their decision making process when developing or reviewing policies, service redesign or restructure and the development of strategies.
It is a key part of the legal framework that underpins the way the NHS provides its services and supports its staff. The duty also requires us to collect, analyse and publish our Workforce Equality Data and Service User data. Click here to view this data.
The Equality Act also outlaws discrimination against nine protected characteristics. Click here for more information.