Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

The Trust Board and The Council of Governors of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust are fully committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights and achieving the elimination of unlawful discrimination in line with the Equality Act 2010.  

This will be achieved by ensuring that the Trust values equality, diversity and human rights and that it runs through all aspects of service provision and employment.  The publication of our Annual Workforce Equality Report and supporting information reflects a committed approach and represents a positive process that equality will consistently underpin all aspects of leadership and service planning at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

To make our vision a reality, we are determined to promote equality of access and identify and eliminate any inequalities in everything we do. We also reaffirm our commitment to ensure that our own staff are treated fairly, with dignity and respect and given equal opportunity to develop to their full potential.  To achieve our equalities aim we underpin all our work with our values of Compassion, Attitude, Respect, Equality - the C.A.R.E. values.

The NHS has a range of legal duties relating to equality and human rights. These are based on legislation relating to public sector organisations and are designed to ensure that services and employment practices treat staff and users of services fairly and do not discriminate against people because of their diversity.

The Trust will not tolerate discrimination under any circumstances and particularly because of a protected characteristic; these are race, age, sex, disability, religion or belief (or no belief), pregnancy or maternity, civil partnership or marriage, gender re-assignment and sexual orientation.

The Trust will not tolerate bullying and harassment under any circumstances and particularly on the grounds of a protected characteristic. A separate Dignity at Work Policy is in place.

The promotion of equality, inclusion and human rights is at the heart of being an NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is committed to embedding equality and diversity values into everyday practices, policies and procedures.

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a framework created by the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the equality performance of the NHS and embed equality into mainstream business.  The EDS is about real people making real improvements that can be sustained over time. It focuses on the things that matter the most for patients, communities and staff. It emphasises the importance of genuine engagement, transparency and the effective use of evidence. By using the EDS, we will be able to meet the requirements of the Equality Act as well as the essential standards for care described by our regulator and licenser, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The EDS has 18 outcomes, grouped under four goals:

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

The EDS is needed to improve outcomes for both patients and NHS staff whose experience of the NHS can be worse than the general population.  In addition the system helps the Trust to improve its understanding and respect for everyone who uses the NHS and those working for the NHS.

Visit NHS England for more information.

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Equality and inclusion in our employment

The Trust is committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee is discriminated against, either directly or indirectly, on the ground of the  following protected characteristics;  age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. In addition we do not discriminate based on social background, working patterns or trade union membership.

We are committed to promoting and championing a culture of diversity, fairness and equality for all our employees and potential employees.  We will do this by valuing and celebrating individual difference and acknowledging potential contribution to the continued development of the organisation, which will in turn improve the services we provide.

 

Personal, Fair and Diverse Champions

One way we promote our equality values and encourage staff to get involved is by becoming a Personal, Fair and Diverse Champion (PFD). 

For more information about PFD champions please visit NHS Employers.

 

Mindful Employer

Part of the Trust’s commitment to Equality, Inclusion and Diversity is that we are a Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People Employer, Age Positive and a Mindful Employer.  For more information, visit Mindful Employer

If you would like any support or information regarding employment opportunities at the Trust and possible reasonable adjustments please contact our Occupational Health team.

Modern slavery

The Modern Slavery Act will give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims. The Trust complies with the act. For more information visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery-bill