Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Trust is always looking for ways to promote and improve the experiences of our workforce and service users, ensuring that everyone has fair access to services and employment practices regardless of differences.
The Equality Act (2010) means that as a provider of services and an employer we must:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by or under this act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons that share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
As an employer, EPUT has developed and implemented a range of policies and programmes to help foster equality and inclusion for our employees
We are committed to eliminating any form of discrimination either within the workplace or in relation to our clients. This does not mean treating everyone the same or providing the same service to everyone. It means providing everyone with a service in a way that meets their personal circumstances and needs.
EPUT provides specialist mental health services and community health services to people in local areas which differ significantly in the characteristics of their diverse community groups and individuals who live there.
We recruit staff and Foundation Trust governors and members from our local communities, gathering monitoring information on an annual basis to inform us on the representativeness of these groups in relation to the local populations. We regularly provide information and resources to over 270 Equality Champions in the Trust, and encourage teams to report any exclusion or practices that negatively affect marginalised groups.
At EPUT we feel that promoting the value of diversity provides a rich quality to our services and provides us with opportunities to find new ways of meeting the needs of individuals and genuinely providing services ‘in tune with you’.
How do we know we are making progress?
The NHS has an Equality and Diversity Delivery System which is based on advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations.
In order to measure compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and our own priorities, the Trust publishes equality data every year. This could be around our staff, service users and anyone accessing our services.
Each year, we carry out an Equality and Diversity analysis of the workforce identifying trends patterns and hotspots which require action. We don’t promise to get it right all the time, but our commitment is to follow up hotspot areas and to put plans in place to try and make improvements.
Staff do not have to declare their equality information. However, we try to encourage staff to share this with us to ensure we can reflect their needs at work.