Our equality and diversity objectives

The Equality and Diversity System (EDS) has been designed by the NHS for the NHS, to support the delivery of a service that is personal, fair and diverse.

The EDS is designed to support NHS organisations to improve equality performance and ensure equality is central to the day to day work of Trusts.

The Trust is using the EDS to help ensure we meet the requirements of the public sector Equality Duty and below are details of our objectives and progress in this area.

Background

The Equality and Diversity System (EDS) covers 18 outcomes grouped in to four objectives:

  • Better health outcomes for all
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • Empowered, engaged and included staff
  • Inclusive leadership

Our objectives

The Trust is committed to ensuring that no job applicant, employee, service user, carer or member of the public is discriminated against either directly or indirectly, on grounds of:

  • Gender
  • Marriage/civil partnership status
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or belief
  • Age
  • Social background
  • Pregnancy/maternity status
  • Gender identity

We are committed to promoting and championing a culture of diversity, fairness and equality for all our employees, service users, carers and members of the public.

We will do this by valuing and celebrating individual difference and acknowledging potential contribution to the continued development of the organisation which will in turn improve the services we provide.

Policy

Our Equality and Diversity policy covers all aspects of employment including:

  • Vacancy advertising
  • Recruitment and selection process
  • Training
  • Conditions of service
  • Termination of employment

To ensure that the policy is operating effectively the Trust will maintain records of employee's and applicant's:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or belief
  • Pregnancy/maternity status
  • Marriage/civil partnership status
  • Gender
  • Disability

Equality and Diversity Group

The Trust has an Equality and Diversity Group which co-ordinates and supports implementation and development of the Trust's Equality and Diversity Action Plan and associated equality and diversity initiatives.

Part of the Trust's Equality and Diversity Action Plan is to ensure that the composition of our workforce reflects not only the community we serve but also our service users.

In reaching this goal we will strive to meet the following challenges:

  • To understand, value and welcome diversity throughout the range of services we provide
  • To measure, monitor, report on and evaluate our progress in achieving enhanced diversity, inclusion, fairness and equality to inform future service development and employment practice
  • To provide an opportunity for staff, service users, patients and carers to engage in the equality and diversity agenda 
  • To support the use of flexible working wherever possible to enable staff to achieve a better work life balance

Our progress

The Trust is working towards achieving these objectives and we regularly review our progress.

We will publish updated objectives every three years or when changes take effect to reflect this in practice.

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