Equality and diversity in our hospitals is about valuing every patient as a unique individual. It means recognising that some people will need different treatment to achieve a fair outcome.

We're committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them.

Our culture

Our staff can expect to be treated with decency, dignity and respect, employed by an organisation with no tolerance for harassment, bullying or discrimination. We commit to encouraging staff to contribute to a culture which values the unique identity of our patients and each other.

We know that involving our diverse and varied communities when designing our services for the future is essential if we are to make sure the right care and support is available when and where it is needed. We provide care for all sections of the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, physical or sensory impairment, sexual orientation or cultural background.

Disability equality: reasonable adjustments

Every person who attends our hospitals, whether as a patient, member of staff or a visitor, should find their experience as positive as that of a non-disabled person. Making changes for disabled people in the built environment or in how we do things, or communicate is known as making 'reasonable adjustments.' If you think you may need an adjustment, please contact the ward or department that you are visiting or will be treated in. You may also find it useful to read our Carers section.

Equality in the NHS

Under the Equality Act 2010, NHS organisations have what is called a ‘general equality duty’ to promote equality. They must:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

The Equality Act 2010 and the NHS Equality Delivery System [EDS] provide us with a challenge and opportunity to look again at the design and delivery of our services to make sure they are equal and appropriate to the people we serve. We know that we have some way to go in rising to these challenges.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard

Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations.

Diversity Network

We have a Diversity Network for staff at the trust. Email to become a member, or if you have any questions.

Diversity training

All Trust staff are required to complete Equality and Diversity e-Learning. All new members of staff joining the Trust receive equality and diversity training as part of their corporate induction programme.

How are we doing?

Read our Equality Report 2017 or view older documents in our Reports and Publications section.

If you have any concerns or questions about your access to care, the facilities we provide or how we are meeting your disability or long term health needs, please contact Carol McIndoe, Patient Experience Improvement Manager (Disability Equality) on 0300 422 5738.