Diversity and Inclusion

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Our approach to Equality and Inclusion

The Trust covers diverse communities and this influences how we provide services, as well as how we treat our staff, both current and future.

We are committed to providing personal, fair and diverse services to our staff, communities and people from a whole range of backgrounds and beliefs, including people of all ages, disabilities, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, races, religions or beliefs, sex, and sexual orientations (in line with the Equality Act 2010). We’re also committed to providing personal, fair and diverse services to carers, and have included actions relating to carers in our Equality Improvement Plan.

What do we mean when we talk about equality and diversity?

Equality is about fairness where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. People should be treated fairly regardless of their characteristics.

Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. People should be treated and valued as individuals, as each person’s own characteristics bring a unique contribution to the organisation.


How do we know how we are doing?

Every year, we work with staff, patients, families, carers and the public to assess our performance in equality and diversity and agree an improvement plan for the next year. The Trust’s annual process is as follows:

1. Confirm governance and leadership commitment.

2. Identify stakeholders.

3. Analyse performance and agree grades with stakeholders with different protected characteristics. This includes:

  • Participation in engagement events to which local community groups, carers, patients, staff, union representatives and charities are invited.
  • Engagement with patient forums.
  • Analysis of themes from Equality Monitoring Data in patient experience surveys, ‘secret shopper’ feedback, feedback from patient experience tools.
  • Analysis of themes arising in staff surveys as well as workforce and HR analysis.

4. Prepare equality objectives and improvement plans with stakeholders.

5. Integrate plans into mainstream business planning.

6. Publish grades, equality objectives and plans.

7. Undertake ongoing monitoring of progress.

Staff and patients do not have to declare their equality information. However, we try to encourage staff and patients to share this with us, to ensure we can reflect their needs in the provision of our services and at work. Click on the link to read a leaflet explaining why we ask you for equality monitoring data as part of the patient survey.


Monitoring progress

Progress against the improvement plan is tracked by the Trust’s Programme Management Office and reports to the Equality and Diversity Steering Group, which itself reports to the Trust Board via the lead executive. In addition, the Trust reports on its progress and compliance to the Patient Involvement Committee as well as the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Partnership.

The approach outlined support the Trust’s commitment to the Public Sector Equality Duty to engage with our diverse communities so that the policies and services we provide are appropriate, accessible to all and meet different people’s needs.   We are using the Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS), the updated version of the EDS launched by the Department of Health, as a tool to help us to deliver against our statutory requirements in promoting equality and the value of diversity of our staff and service users in order to meet the following goals: .

  • Better health outcomes for all
  • improved patient access and experience
  • empowered, engaged and well supported staff
  • inclusive leadership at all levels. 

For more information regarding the EDS 2 please visit :  http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gov/edc/eds/

Select the ‘progress reports and action plans’ tab on the left of this page to read about our progress in meeting the above goals

Click on the link to view the Equality Impact Assessment tool relating to the CCS New Junior Doctor Contract.



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