Improving Health and Wellbeing

Equality and diversity

People in bus station

As a Trust, we provide services and employment to a community with an increasing variety of backgrounds. We want to treat all of our staff, service users and carers with dignity and respect. To do this, it is essential that we promote equality and embrace diversity. Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 requires that we undertake outcome focused activity in addressing equality and diversity issues as a service provider and employer, across nine protected characteristics. We have a general duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.  As a public sector organisation, we also have specific duty to prepare and publish specific and measurable equality objectives every four years.

The Act contains a general duty which requires us to have due regard to:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advancing equality of opportunity
  • Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

The Act also contains specific duties which are to:

  • Prepare and publish equality objectives by 6 April 2012, and at least every four years after that
  • Ensure that the objectives are specific and measurable, and set out how progress towards the objectives will be measured
  • Publish details of engagement in developing the equality objectives also at least every four years, and in line with publication of objectives
  • Consider its published equality information before preparing and publishing these objectives
  • Publish the objectives in a reasonably accessible format either as an individual document or as part of another report.

Equality Statement

At Humber NHS Foundation Trust we are fully committed to equality and diversity, both as an employer and as a service provider. We have a policy statement that clearly outlines our commitment to equality for patients and staff:

Patients

Patients and their families have the right to be treated fairly and be routinely involved in decisions about their treatment and care. They can expect to be treated with dignity and respect and will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Patients have a responsibility to treat other patients and our staff with dignity and respect.

Staff

You have the right to be treated fairly in recruitment and career progression. You can expect to work in an environment where diversity is valued and equality of opportunity is promoted. You will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. You have a responsibility to ensure that you treat our patients and your colleagues with dignity and respect.

Equality Impact Assessment

We carry out an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) on all of our policies and service change/development proposals. These are available on our intranet pages.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

From April 2015, NHS organisations are required to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators linked to race equality within the workforce.  For the first time it will be possible to see how the NHS Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff are treated; the NHS is the UK’s biggest employer of staff from BME backgrounds.  Staff who are cared for, care better for others; the case for race equality in the workforce is not just about the treatment of BME staff but about the care of all patients irrespective of ethnicity.

Take a look at our Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) document