Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

The Trust's diversity and inclusion statement

The Trust aspires to be diverse and inclusive in its role as both and NHS service provider and as an employer. We are committed to continually improving our services and ensuring that these are safe, personalised, accessible and recovery-focused for all our patients, service users, visitors and carers. We are also committed to providing excellent employment experience for those who work within our services.

The Trust will work to ensure that neither our service users nor our staff are subjected to any form of discrimination, harassment and/or bullying, including for (but not exclusive to) reasons relating to the ‘protected characteristics’ as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

To read the Trust's diversity and inclusion statement in full, click here.

Trust diversity and inclusion strategy 2016/20

The importance of having a culture of diversity and inclusion within businesses of all kinds is increasingly recognised in terms of its human and bottom line impact. A wide range of benefits have been identified for both service users and staff arising from developing a strong culture of both diversity and inclusion.

The Trust has set out its approach to developing and embedding a culture of both diversity and inclusion over the next four years, including its overview action plan, in our diversity and inclusion strategy. This document is based on the findings and conclusions drawn from a range of information about our workforce, our service users and our local population and communities, as set out in the documents below. This strategy not only enables us to meet our legal and NHS contractual requirements in relation to equality, but also helps us to deliver on the significant moral, staff engagement and patient-centred imperative for developing a more inclusive organisation in which all people are valued and treated as individuals – thereby delivering our Proud to CARE Trust values (compassionate, approachable, responsible, excellent) and our SPAR quality priorities (safe, personalised, accessible, recovery-focused).

Monitoring diversity and inclusion at the Trust

All NHS trusts are required, under the Equality Act 2010, to publish annually how our activities as a service provider and employer affect people with different protected characteristics. We are also required to set, review and publish Equality Objectives at least every four years (see further below).

Our latest report in compliance with the Equality Act 2010 can be accessed via the links below (both documents should be read together):

Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report 2015.pdf

Diversity and Inclusion Data Book 2015.pdf

Additionally, NHS trusts are required to complete and publish an annual assessment against the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES). You will find these documents below:

Trust EDS2 Assessment Report 2015/16.pdf

Trust WRES Reporting Template 2016.pdf

Trust WRES Action Plan 2016.pdf

Previous Equality Act Compliance Reports can be found below:

Equality data analysis report 2014/15.pdf

Equality data analysis report 2013/14.pdf

Equality data analysis report 2012/13.pdf

Equality and diversity objectives 2015/18

The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public sector organisations to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimization
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

Part of this includes publishing our Equality Objectives - please follow this link.

Please note: this document also contains a review of progress against our 2012/15 Equality Objectives.

Embracing equality, diversity and human rights

We are committed to ensuring that our services and employment practices are fair, accessible, responsive and appropriate for all patients, visitors and carers in the community we serve, as well as the talented and diverse workforce that we employ.

To achieve this we are we are working on eliminating all forms of discrimination on the grounds of people’s race, disability, gender, age, religion and belief and sexual orientation. We are also working to ensure that all individual’s human rights are protected and that vulnerable people are safe from abuse.

Human rights - dignity and respect

As citizens, employees, parents carers and service users we are all stakeholders in the NHS. We each have a duty to make sure that healthcare outcomes are of the highest standard.

We are developing and building on our equality and diversity framework by making sure that human rights (dignity and respect) are central to the way in which we deliver services. The promotion and development of our Single Equality Scheme will play an essential part in supporting this.

Equality Impact Assessment Process

Why do we carry out Equality Impact Assessments?

Section 49A(1) of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, alongside the Disability Discrimination Amendment Act 2005 and the Sex Discrimination Act 2005 as amended by the Equality Act 2006, places a duty on Authorities to assess the impact of its policies and practices, or the likely impact of its proposed policies and practices, on Race, Gender and Disability equality; this will be carried out through Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs).

What are Equality Impact Assessments?

An Equality Impact Assessment is a way of deciding whether an existing or proposed policy, procedure, practice or service does (or may) affect people differently, and if so, whether it affects them in an adverse way.

Assessments will be carried out on new policies and services, as they are developed and over time on existing policies and services. Assessments will include each of the equality strands; race, disability, gender, sexuality, religion and belief and age.

Completed Equality Impact Assessments can be found below under the headings of the policy folders they relate to:


EqIA 1.03 Medicines Management Policy.pdf

EqIA 1.14a Clinical Supervision Nurses AHPs.pdf

EqIA 1.27 Rapid Tranquilisation.pdf

EqIA 1.41 Clinical Risk Assessment Policy.pdf

EqIA 1.42 NICE Policy and Procedure.pdf

EqIA 1.50 The Observation and Monitoring of Patients.pdf

EqIA 1.62 Physical Health Assessment.pdf

EqIA 1.64 Care Programme Approach Operational Policy and Procedure.pdf

Section 135 policy POL3.pdf

Section 136 policy POL3.pdf

Equality Impact Assessment POL3

Incident Response and Recovery

EqIA 6.0 Incident Response and Recovery.pdf

Health and Safety

EqIA 5.32 Serious Incident Policy.pdf

Human Resources

EqIA 3.02 Resolution of Grievances and Disputes.pdf

EqIA 3.19 Retirement.pdf

EqIA 3.01 Disciplinary Policy and Procedure

EqIA 3.03 Compassionate and Special Leave Policy

EqIA 3.06 Protection of Pay Policy.pdf

EqIA 3.12 Equality of Opportunity in Employment Policy

EqIA 3.14 Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy.pdf

EqIA 3.15 Personal Relationships at Work Policy

EqIA 3.21 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Policy.pdf

EqIA 3.23 Performance Improvement Policy

EqIA 3.24 Recruitment and Selection Policy.pdf

EqIA 3.29 Trust Induction Policy

EqIA 3.32 Performance Development Review (PDR) Policy

EqIA 3.39 Medical Appraisal Policy

EqIA 3.40 Discretionary Policies Under the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations and Other Related Regulations

Infection Control

EqIA Cleaning and Disenfection Policy.pdf

EqIA Notifiable Disease Policy.pdf

EqIA Specimen Management Policy.pdf

Service Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs)

EqIA 1.17 Admission Discharge and Transfer.pdf

Equality and Diversity fact sheets and useful information

Fact Sheet 1 Positively Diverse Human Rights in Healthcare.pdf

Fact Sheet 2 Considering Cultural Awareness Religion and Belief of Ethnic Groups in Healthcare.pdf

Fact Sheet 3 Considering Religion and Belief in Healthcare.pdf

Fact Sheet 4 Considering Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans People in Healthcare.pdf

Fact Sheet 5 Considering Trans People in Healthcare.pdf Ramadan Health Guide.pdf

Treatment and Management of Pressure Ulcers Policy POL3.pdf

1.46 POL3 Falls Policy.pdf

4.43 POL3 Prevent Strategy.pdf

7.01 Confidentiality Policy.pdf

7.03 POL3 Information Security and Data Protection.pdf

7.19 POL3 Producing Clinical Information for Service Users and Carers.pdf

7.22 POL3 Registration Authority.pdf