Equality and diversity

Achieving equality and inclusion for all our people

Our Homerton People plan sets out to make the Trust the best place to work in the NHS, and one of our key ambitions to make this possible is to achieve equality and inclusion for all our people.

Our equality objectives for 2022-25

Building on Our Homerton People plan, we have set ourselves ambitious objectives over the next four years to achieve equality and inclusion for our people. These objectives have been developed through analysing the latest data available and in collaboration with our three staff networks and staff-side representatives:

  • work as part of the Integrated Care System (ICS) to design, implement and embed an anti-racist approach in the organisation
  • empower our Staff networks to ensure all staff feel psychologically safe to bring their whole self to work
  • review Trust processes in line with just culture principles and are fair and equitable.
    • these will include HR processes (including recruitment, conduct etc.) and organisational change (including Equality Impact Assessments)
  • reduce the experiences of discrimination, harassment, bullying or abuse
  • increase the self-declaration rates of staff for: ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief
  • continue to ensure education, development and career progression opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

The public sector Equality Duty (PSED), part of the Equality Act, came into force in April 2011. It requires NHS organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. The PSED requires that the Trust must provide evidence that we have given ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the General Duty across all nine protected characteristics:

  • to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment & victimisation;
  • to advance equality of opportunity;
  • to foster good relations.

 

Our Homerton People

The Our Homerton People Plan is our strategy to make our people's experience of working at Homerton one of the best in the NHS. It was launched in early 2020 and has been one of the Trust's major priorities since. We want to make sure all our people know about the plan, the progress made, work still to be done, and how our people can feed into it. 

The plan has three main focuses:

Staff networks

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Network chair:                  Sandra Weekes
Executive sponsor:          Catherine Pelley (Chief Nurse)

Together We Rise HHFT Staff Network is for Black, Asian and other Ethnic staff or anyone in support of the Network. The Network has over 70 members and aims to celebrate and add value in helping improve outcomes for Black, Asian and other Ethnic staff within the Trust and lead the way in giving people opportunities to be heard in a safe environment. Throughout the year the network have hosted a number of events, including activities in support of Black History Month in October 2020.

Enable Homerton - Staff Disability Network

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Network chair:                  Katy Cornish
Executive sponsor:          Tracey Fletcher (Chief Executive Officer)

Enable’s aim is to play a vital role in ensuring Homerton is an inclusive workplace where disabled and differently abled employees feel empowered, and managers feel equipped to support a diverse workforce.

The network has over 50 members and has been an important partner in the development of the ‘Reasonable adjustment policy and procedure’. Throughout the pandemic they have continued to support staff through webinars, blogs and regular meetings. They have supported the organisation to become a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ and have been integral in the roll out of “Access Able”, being launched in September 2021.
Contact Enable at huh-tr.enablehomerton@nhs.net

Rainbow network logo

Network chair:                 Neil McCreanor
Executive sponsor:        Tom Nettel (Director of People)

The Homerton Rainbow network support people who identify as LGBTQ. The network has over 50 members and has grown significantly through 2020 despite the pandemic. The network have hosted events and supported various awareness days including Pride throughout the year. The network also host regular webinars and produce a monthly newsletter sharing details of the work they are doing.

The network have also commenced running confidential clinics where staff can talk to a member of the network in total confidence, this can be in person or virtually.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 applies to all organisations that provide a service to the public. 

The Act protects people from being discriminated against because of a certain characteristic. These are known as Protected Characteristics. They are: 

  • age 
  • disability 
  • gender reassignment (where a person has undergone, or is proposing to undergo, a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning their sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex) 
  • pregnancy and maternity 
  • race (this includes ethnic or natural origin, colour and nationality) 
  • religion or belief 
  • sex 
  • sexual orientation 
  • marriage or civil partnership 

As an organisation, we aim to extend our policies, practices, and procedures to cover other characteristics and encompass all gender identities including trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming. 

It is against the law to discriminate against, harass or victimise a person when providing a service or function. For more information about the Equality Act, click here. 

Annual Equality Report

Each year the Trust publishes its’ annual Equality Report, to show what we are doing to ensure our services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all.

Equalities report 2020

Equalities Report 2018 - 2019

Equalities Report 2017 - 2018

Equalities Report 2016- 2017

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of specific measures to enable us to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff.  Research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety. The WDES enables the Trust to better understand the experiences of disabled staff. It will support positive change for existing employees, and enable a more inclusive environment for disabled people working in the NHS.

WDES 2020

WDES 2020-21

WDES 2021-22.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

The Trust demonstrate through the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) metric how we are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas, and better understand the experience of our staff, the Trust reports it progress against indicators of workforce equality.

WRES 2021-2022

WRES 2020 - 2021

WRES 2019 - 2020

WRES 2018 - 2019

WRES 2017- 2018

WRES 2016 - 2017

WRES 2015 - 2016

Gender pay gap

All organisations with 250+ employees are required to publish their data.

The information is published on the Government website

Gender pay gap 2020