Equality and diversity
We are committed to promoting equality and embracing diversity and to shaping our services around the needs and preferences of our patients.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act requires equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services, regardless of the protected characteristics which are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation.
The Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty which is made up of a general equality duty supported by specific duties. The general equality duty requires organisations, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
This will be achieved by:
- Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
- Taking steps to meet the needs of people with certain protected characteristics where these are different from the needs of other people
- Encouraging people with certain protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
The specific duties are to:
- Publish information to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty
- Publish equality objectives to further any of the aims of the general equality duty.
Equality and Diversity Strategy and Equality Objectives
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
In-line with new regulations linked to the Equality Act 2010 all NHS Trust’s are now publishing figures relating to their Gender Pay Gap if they employ more than 250 members of staff. 2018 is the first time this data has been collected and published. Going forward it is a legal requirement that the Trust publishes this data and shows progress against any identified inequalities on an annual basis.
Karl Portz, Equality and Diversity Lead
They have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine protected grounds – age, disability, sex, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment
They lead on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters and has responsibility across government for equality strategy and legislation.