We are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity in all its forms.
Our patients, their carers and our staff deserve to expect an environment in which they feel respected, valued and empowered. We recognise that some groups in society continue to experience discrimination and also that some groups may not be protected by law.
We are committed to ensuring that not only our legal duties are carried out, but also that we promote a culture in which all forms of discrimination are considered unacceptable and that diversity is valued.
Our Single Equality Scheme incorporates all of the good work already done on race, disability and gender to include age, marriage or civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, gender reassignment and sexual orientation which are defined as ‘protected characteristics’.
The Scheme has been developed to tackle all forms of discrimination, regardless of what it is, and to promote all forms of diversity, promoting equality for all.
The purpose of the Single Equality Scheme is to ensure a strong and consistent corporate approach, whilst still recognising the individual needs and priorities of the protected characteristics.
The EDS is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities, and better working environments for staff.
In order for us to deliver services in line with our equality policies and for us to achieve our objectives it is important for us to understand who our staff and patients are and what is important to them.
We can then analyse this information and look for key issues which in turn enables us to provide better care for all.
An overview of some of the key statistics are included in our Annual Equality Report.
If you have any comments or queries about the information provided here, please contact 01553 612793.