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Equality & Diversity  


In line with the Equality Act 2010, there is a Duty for all public bodies to consider how their activities as employers affect people who share different ‘protected characteristics’ and publish this data annually.

The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race, including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality 
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

There is also a responsibility for public bodies to consider how the decisions they make affect people who share different protected characteristics.

We are committed to providing and commissioning services that are accessible, appropriate and of a high quality for the communities that we serve. The trust strives to implement equality and diversity as an integral part of the organisation, with the aim of ensuring that all staff and service users will be treated with respect and dignity and will be expected to treat each other with dignity and respect.

We are dedicated to delivering cultural competent services for all our service users. The trust is committed to Equality and Human Rights, as these are part of our main values. We aim to be an inclusive organisation where everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfill their potential and have an equal opportunity to access healthcare services.

We aim to reflect the diversity that exists in society, including people of different abilities / disabilities, age, religion, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender within our workforce.

More information: 

Equality and Diversity Strategy 2013-15

Our equality objectives

Population and workforce data

Equality impact assessments

Equality Delivery System