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.
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.
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.
Staff Equality and Diversity Forum
It is very important that our staff are involved in promoting equality and diversity in the Trust. The staff equality and diversity forum is an active group of enthusiastic staff, who help to plan initiatives which celebrate equality and diversity. New members always welcome. If you are interested in joining the forum or to find out more contact Debby Morrow, Improving Working Lives Co-ordinator, on 01322 428656.
Legislative Compliance and Healthcare Standards
The Trust must comply with equalities legislation, and national standards set by the Healthcare Commission (from April 2009 the name of the organisation changes to’ Care Quality Commission’. Standards will be revised in due course).
Details on the Twelve Headlines from the Equality Act 2010.
Please read our: Patient Services Equality & Diversity Monitoring Report - Inpatient Experience Survey 2010