Achievements & Progress
At the Trust we are proud to celebrate our achievements in the area of equality and diversity.
Did you know that the Trust is a Mindful Employer?
The Mindful Employer Charter is an initiative recognising the need to provide non-judgemental and proactive support to current and prospective employees who experience mental health issues.
The Charter is not an accreditation or a set of quality standards or a policy or target. The Mindful Employer is an initiative recognising the need to provide non-judgemental and proactive support to current and prospective employees who experience mental health issues.
As a Disability Confident Employer we:
– have undertaken and successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment
– are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer
– are offering at least one activity to get the right people for our business and at least one activity to keep and develop our people.
The Trust, in partnership with NHS employers is encouraging NHS staff to help turn the vision of a personal, fair and diverse NHS into a reality, by creating a vibrant network of Equality Champions.
This means that within employment practices and the services we provide, we will champion a health service that is personal fair and diverse. This also extends to the health service as a whole.
What is a Personal, Fair & Diverse NHS?
It is an NHS where everyone counts, everyone is treated fairly and has equal opportunities and treatment,
services we provide are personal to each patient and all individuals are valued and treated with dignity and
respect, regardless of background.
What does being a EPUT Equality Champion involve?
Champions are given regular updates and new resources to better support people from marginalised or minority groups, and are supported by the EPUT Equality and Inclusion Committee as well as our Equality Team to make sure that the concerns, suggestions and feedback they raise is utilised as best as possible. Champions are encouraged to promote Equality and Inclusion in their services alongside their role, and work as a diverse network of experts on subjects relating to all protected characteristics. We also work to develop our Champions, teaching them new skills and allowing them to work with each other or Staff Networks to help strengthen the services we provide.
What support do champions get?
Our Chief Executive and our Executive Director of People and Culture are fully supportive of this initiative. Our Chief Executive writes to the line manager of any employee who signs up, urging them to support their work. The Employee Experience Team and Equality Team can also give advice on any equality issue and have access to a wide range of local, regional and national equality groups. Champions also have an automatic right to observe the Equality and Inclusion Committee or take part in any of our equality networks if they wish.