Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

Our hospitals are better places to work and receive care when we all feel included, respected, and welcome.

Our brilliant staff come from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds and reflect the communities we are proud to serve – 66% of staff live in our three boroughs.

More than half of residents in Redbridge and in Barking and Dagenham are from an ethnic minority background, and in Havering this is almost one in five people.

Barking and Dagenham also has the highest number of children aged under four in the UK. But greatest growth in age demographics in all three boroughs is expected in people aged 65 and over.

Some of our communities also experience higher levels of deprivation.

Getting equality, diversity, and inclusion right for our staff and patients is key to achieving our Trust’s goals.

Our action plans

We are committed to ensuring all colleagues have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

We have worked with our staff networks to develop the following action plans:

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten evidenced-based metrics which enable NHS organisations to compare the experiences of staff with a disability to those without a disability.

Workforce Disability Equality Standard Action Plan 2021-22.docx [docx] 684KB

The Gender Pay Gap report shows the difference in the average earnings between male and female employees.

Gender Pay Gap Action Plan 2021-22.docx [docx] 913KB

The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a set of indicators of workforce equality which enable NHS organisations to understand the nature of the challenge of workforce race equality, and for leaders to recognise it is their responsibility to help make the necessary changes.

Workforce Race Equality Standard Action Plan 2021-22.docx [docx] 502KB

Equality Impact Assessments

We review our policies and procedures to ensure they reflect all nine protected characteristics included in the Equalities Act 2010. They are inclusive of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Staff Networks

As part of our commitment to inclusion we thriving staff networks:

  • Ability Not Disability Network
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Network
  • LGBT+ Network
  • Men’s Health Network
  • Women’s Network.

Get in touch 

If you'd like to find out more, email our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team: bhrut.editeam@nhs.net

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