Valuing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Here at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we are committed to playing our part in delivering a health service where Equality and Diversity are embraced by all and communicated in the everyday work of our staff.
This will support the best health outcomes for patients, irrespective of their individual circumstances, or any conditions that may otherwise affect them.
We have a zero-tolerance policy of all violence, abuse, harassment and aggression. This policy is for the protection of our staff, our patients, their families and visitors.
At the QEH we serve a population of around 331,000 people in three counties - Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire and we are committed to eliminating discrimination, valuing diversity and promoting equality.
Our core values of We Act, We Care, We Listen underpin the delivery of safe and compassionate patient care and guide every decision we make.
There is compelling evidence that engaged and empowered staff deliver great patient care which is reflected with our commitment to strengthen staff engagement. A key element of this is ensuring that we promote a diverse and inclusive culture where both patients and staff are treated fairly in respect of sex, race, religion or beliefs, gender, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
At the Trust we have an Equality, Diversity Inclusion policy that supports an inclusive culture, respecting differences and staff are treated fairly. Click here to view.
In conclusion, our vision aims to ensure that all people have the same opportunities to access the best possible health services and are treated with dignity and respect.
We recognise that the people who work for us are our greatest asset and when they feel supported and happy in work this positivity reaches those very people we are here for – patients and their families. We are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive organisation and ensuring that we harness the talents of all our staff fully.
One of the ways we wish to support this is through the development of specific staff networks that contribute to addressing and solving problems for all under-represented and disadvantaged groups and individuals within our organisation.
We currently have four staff networks:
- Race, Ethnicity And Cultural Heritage (REACH) Network
- LGBTQ+ Network
- Armed Forces Network
- Disability Network
We believe our staff networks offer a place for staff to come together, share experiences and facilitate learning and development. Networks assist in the shaping and delivery of organisational strategy and policy, working with us to improve staff and patient experience on specific issues relating to each network.
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)
Provided below are documents relating to our work in relation to WRES and WDES.