Equality and diversity
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for staff and patients and work hard to provide a service that does not discriminate against anyone.
Equality and diversity is an important aspect of respect in caring for our patients and working with others as part of our role in ensuring the delivery of a high standard of care to patients.
The NHS Constitution pledges employees will be treated fairly, equally and free from discrimination. The NHS Constitution also outlines that staff have a duty not to discriminate against patients or staff and to adhere to equal opportunities and equality and human rights legislation.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. In addition to the general duties placed upon the public sector on 5 April 2011, the Equality Act 2010 (specific duties) regulations 2011 came into force on 10 September 2011.
The purpose of the specific duties regulations 2011 is to ensure that all public bodies play there part in making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all.
The two specific duties introduced by the Specific Duties Regulations 2011 mean that NHS organisations are required to:
- Publish information to demonstrate compliance at least annually starting from 31 January 2012. The must include information relating to persons who share a relevant protected characteristic who are its employees and other persons affected by its policies and practices. The information published must include information relating to employees who share characteristics and also information relating to people who are affected by the public body’s policies and procedures who share protected characteristics for example service users.
- Prepare and publish equality objectives at least every four years starting from 6 April 2012.
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Trust equality and diversity objectives
In summary the objectives are:
Objective 1 – Information collection for all protected characteristics for patients.
Objective 2 – Increase the trust’s engagement with patients and the public from all protected characteristics.
Objective 3 – Improve the experience of older people using our services.
Objective 4 – Mandatory equality and diversity training for all staff.
Objective 5 – Discrimination, bullying and harassment of staff.
The objectives will be embedded across the whole organisation as part of the trust’s integrated business plan for 2012/13. In the future equality and diversity issues will be considered as part of the annual integrated business planning cycle so that the objectives are reviewed regularly and actions to deliver them identified.
Download our equality delivery objectives for 2012-2016 (159kb)
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If you have anything that you wish to feedback to us about any of the above or if you would like to contribute anything to the ongoing development of the trust’s equality and diversity agenda please contact: Michelle Bowman, human resources manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01642 854811 (extension 54811).
Treatment waiting time limits
In line with the NHS constitution, we aim to ensure that all our patients once referred are treated within the 18 week national waiting time standard. If you think your wait has been longer than 18 weeks and you would like to talk to someone about what can be done about this please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) who will be able to review your treatment and advise on any action which you can take.
Please note, the right to start treatment within 18 weeks does not apply:
- if you choose to wait longer
- if delaying the start of your treatment is in your best clinical interests, for example where stopping smoking or losing weight is likely to improve the outcome of the treatment
- if it is clinically appropriate for your condition to be actively monitored in secondary care without clinical intervention or diagnostic procedures at that stage
- if you fail to attend appointments that you had chosen from a set of reasonable options, or
- if the treatment is no longer necessary