Promoting equality

Child being assessed

The Trust is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and protecting human rights.

This commitment includes working to eliminate discrimination against employees, patients, services users and carers on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

In addition, the Equality Act 2010 places a legal duty on public sector organisations to exercise their functions to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • advance equality of opportunity between people
  • foster good relations between people

We recognise that everyone has different needs in relation to public services, and that in both the workplace and as service users, certain individuals/groups of individuals can experience unfair and unequal outcomes. To assist us in understanding and taking action where necessary, the Trust has implemented the Department of Health's Equality Delivery System (EDS) for the NHS, the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard and the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

The WRES contains a number of workforce indicators.  For each indicator, the trust is required to compare the data for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff with non BAME staff with the aim of closing any identified gaps

The EDS requires the Trust, in collaboration with local interest “groups”, to analyse and grade our own performance, and set defined equality objectives supported by an action plan. It is designed as a tool to be used to help the Trust and all our staff understand how equality can drive improvements and strengthen the accountability of services to patients and the public. It will help ensure that everyone - patients, public and staff - have a voice in how the Trust is performing and where it should improve.

Equality performance is assessed against 18 outcomes grouped under the following four objectives:

  1. Better health outcomes for all
  2. Improved patient access and experience
  3. Empowered, engaged and inclusive staff
  4. Inclusive Leadership

From the results of the assessment the Trust sets defined equality objectives, supported by an action plan. Performance against the objectives is to be assessed annually.

Implementing this system will help us to meet the commitment set out above as well as those contained within the Equalities Act 2010.

Equality and diversity is related to the actions and responsibilities of everyone – users of services including patients, clients and carers; work colleagues; employees; people in other organisations; the public in general. 


Important documents 2021/2022

EDI Action Plan 2022 - 2024

Workforce Equality Report 2022

Gender pay gap report 2021

Annual Workforce Equalities Profile 2021

Equality Action Plan March 2021


Important documents archive

Workforce equalities report 2020

Workforce disability equality standard report 2020

Workforce race equality standard report 2020

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report 2019

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) Report 2019

Gender pay gap reporting 2019

Gender pay gap March 2018

Workforce Equalities Report 2015

Workforce Equalities Report 2016 

Workforce Equalities Report 2017 

Promoting Equality Valuing Diversity and Protecting Human Rights

Equality Delivery System for the NHS (pdf 1MB)

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard report 2015-16

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report 2016-17

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2017-2018

Equalities Objectives - actions tracking table 2015-17 

Workforce Report 2018

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Trust Objectives 2017