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We are committed to ensuring that our services and employment practices are fair, accessible and appropriate for the diverse communities we serve and the workforce we employ.

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Our aim is to ensure that our services and employment is accessible and fair and that all employees and service users are treated with respect and not subject to any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the basis of their:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy or maternity
  • race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are known as the nine protected characteristics of the Equalities Act 2010.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discriminatory practice. The Trust endeavours in every aspect of service and employment to be as inclusive as possible of disabled individuals. As a result it has achieved ‘two ticks’ status.

All staff, patients, guests and contractors have a responsibility to ensure they do not discriminate directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally.

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Equalities Objectives

Information analysis and priorities for action from the Equalities Report 2011 informed the development of the objectives and the Trust consulted with the Council of Governors as representatives of public members and staff members along with senior clinical leaders and partner organisations. We continue to update the objectives in line with the most recent information from our Equalities Reports to ensure that they remain relevant to our patients and staff today.

We chose our objectives by considering evidence from patient and public feedback, complaints and PALS enquiries as well as national staff and patient surveys.

The objectives will be reviewed annually in light of the annual equality information reports and any changes in the organisation and governance, as well as the outcomes of equality analyses of policies and functions.

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Equalities Report 2016

The report below presents a comprehensive profile of the Trust’s staff and patients with regard to equality and diversity, focusing in particular on the nine protected characteristics. 

The first section of the report describes the equalities information of staff and the second section relates to service users. The information is based upon data collected over the twelve month period from 1st January 2015 - 31st December 2015.

There are some limitations with the data reporting, relating both to the official census figures and demographic information provided on a voluntary basis. These limitations are referenced throughout the report.

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