Ensuring equality and valuing diversity are core values of the East London Foundation Trust. This means offering the right services regardless of age, disability, gender, racial origin, religion, belief, sexual orientation, commitments outside of work, part-time or shift work, language, union activity, HIV status, perspectives, opinions and person value.
The Trust is committed to challenging prejudice and discrimination wherever this affects service users and staff and putting equality and diversity at the heart of our organisational culture.
The public sector Equality Duty (PSED), part of the Equality Act, came into force in April 2011. It requires NHS organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. The PSED requires that the Trust must provide evidence that we have given ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the General Duty across all 9 protected characteristics: To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment & victimisation; To advance equality of opportunity; To foster good relations.
The Tust has implemented the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS). This provides a tool which will help us to deliver against our statutory requirements in promoting equality and the value of diversity of our staff and service users. The Trust must comply with the Mandatory Equalities Reporting Framework for the NHS and must undertake in partnership with local stakeholders, to review and improve performance for people from protected groups.
The Trust demonstrate through the 9 Point Work Force Race Equality Standard (WRES) metric how we are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas; Must demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of BME Board representation.
Trust WRES Publications
The WSES is a set of specific measures to enable us to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. Research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety. The WDES enables the Trust to better understand the experiences of disabled staff. It will support positive change for existing employees, and enable a more inclusive environment for disabled people working in the NHS.
Accessible Information Standard for people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss
The AI Standard tells organisations how to make information accessible to patients, service users and their carers and parents. The standard directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication needs of patients, service users, carers and parents, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss. The Trust's Statement on Accessibility is available here.
The information is published on the Government website and on the Trust`s own website so that it is openly available for review. All organisations with 250+ employees are required to publish their data.
The Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard provides the mechanism for recording the sexual orientation of all patients/ service users aged 16 years and over across all health services and Local Authorities with responsibilities for Adult social care in England in all service areas where it may be relevant to collect this data. The standard acts as an enabler for the Equality Act 2010, supporting good practice and reducing the mitigation risk for organisations required to comply with the Act. All public sector bodies have a legal obligation to pay due regard to the needs of (LGBT) people in the design and delivery of services, and to ensure that people are not discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation.
The Trust offers interpretation services to patients whose first language is not English including face to face language interpreters, telephone language interpreters, British Sign Language (BSL) and Lip Speakers. All our written information is available in different languages and formats upon request. If you have any specific needs please notify the relevant department. The Trust is committed to continually improving access to our services and experiences of using our services. The Trust is currently working to meet the requirements of the mandated Accessible Information Standard to ensure we can more effectively identity, flag, record, share and meet the information and communication needs of people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
An outline of how the Trust, services and individuals make sure that our commitments to equality and diversity are implemented and monitored can be found here.
Links to Trust Equalities Workstream materials, including updates and previously held webinars, can be found here.