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Equality and diversity
Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity / human rights

The Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and meeting its commitments under equality legislation and NHS standards.  The Trust has assessed its current position and priorities through an NHS established system – Equality Delivery System 2 – which is available through the link below.  We will publish updates on progress on this section of our website.

Equality, diversity and human rights is an important part of our everyday lives, as citizens, employees, service users and providers. 


The Equality and Diversity Lead provides staff at all levels with advice, guidance and tools to embed equality, diversity and human rights into their roles.  It is therefore necessary for staff to understand the agenda and how to make it part and parcel of your role without it feeling an add on and something extra that you are required to do.  

What is equality?

Equality is recognising that discrimination is unacceptable regardless of people's gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, colour, disability, carer status or social background. To treat everybody with equality does actually mean to treat people differently with equity, as we all have very different needs and requirements.

What is diversity?

Diversity is the many distinct characteristics that staff, patients, carers and families bring to our organisation. These distinct characteristics bring variations of thinking, communication styles, skills and personalities that are respected and valued.

What are human rights?   

Respect for the human rights of an individual or group is fundamental to ensuring their quality of life. The economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to fair employment conditions and health care without discrimination, are relevant to the NHS as both an employer and service provider.  There are basic Human Rights Principles (The FREDA Principles); Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.  These principles are a fundamental to the NHS.

The Trust’s goal is to be a hospital of choice, by improving all aspects of the patient experience. A key element of improving the patient experience is to ensure that we have a highly skilled, motivated, diverse, productive, and customer focused workforce. It is our aim to provide care and services that are appropriate and sensitive to all. We continually strive to make sure that our services have equality of access, and are non-discriminatory.


We are proud of our role in the local community and we are keen to embrace the many cultures and traditions that make this community so diverse, and to ensure that these cultures and traditions are celebrated, rather than becoming barriers to accessing services.

Our staff 

In order to achieve growth and success in today’s environment we need to fully engage all the talent, potential and ability of every member of our staff. We need to value the richness that diversity brings, and its positive influence on the services that the Trust provides.

Our patients

We need to ensure that all individuals within our community, from whatever background, have fair and equal access to the services we provide, while respecting their different needs and cultural backgrounds. 


Details on the Twelve Headlines from the Equality Act 2010.


The Equality Act 2010 has replaced the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 and provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.


The provisions of the Equality Act are being brought into force at different times to allow time for the people and organisations affected by the new laws to prepare for them.  Most of the provisions came into force on 1 October 2010.  The Government is considering how the remaining  provisions will be commenced so that the Act is implemented in an effective and proportionate way.

We are pleased to be a ‘Disability Confident Employer’.  This means that we are proud to employ and support disabled people, are a champion for employing disabled people and encourage others to do so.  As users of the Disability Confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.  

Work Force Monitoring

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.  It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

The Trust has a number of obligations within this Act, specifically the Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires us to: 

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not


This page details some of the information requirements related to our obligations under the Act, specifically: -