Equality and diversity

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Our diverse workforce

Valuing the diversity of our local population is fundamental to realising our vision to provide outstanding healthcare to our diverse community delivered with PRIDE.

We recognise the need to support our staff to meet the diverse needs of the population we are proud to serve.

There are big changes happening in our communities

We have a growing population and increasing numbers of young and old. We know that both our workforce and communities are highly diverse. Getting equality, diversity and inclusion right for our staff, patients, carers, patients, families and communities supports the delivery of our top objectives and goal to be an employer of choice.

The priority in 2019/20 is to develop our work plans and resilience for sustainability and growth in these areas. This will ensure our patients are cared for, and our staff work in, a culture that embraces and acts on equality, diversity and inclusion. 

We will ensure we meet our statutory and national obligations and regularly update our website with information on our actions.

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) Reporting

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten evidenced based metrics that will enable NHS organisation’s to compare the experiences of Disabled and non-disabled staff.  It came into effect on 1 April 2019, is mandated in the NHS Standard Contract and implemented by the National WDES Team at NHS England.

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:

Workforce Race Equality Standard action plan [docx] 502KB

Workforce Disability Equality Standard action plan [docx] 1MB

Gender pay gap action plan [docx] 2MB

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:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

The review of policies and procedures forms part of our Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The assessment helps us to:

  • achieve equal outcomes for our staff, patients and local community
  • identify and prevent possible diversity issues

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