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 Wellbeing Team are here to ensure that the values of Mindful Employer Charter are embedded within the Trust.
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.
The disability symbol is made up of two ticks and the words ‘positive about disabled people’. You will see the symbol displayed on job adverts and application forms.
Employers who use the disability symbol make five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
These commitments are:
- To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
- To discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities.
- To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
- To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
- To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
The Trust is running a personal, fair and diverse campaign in partnership with NHS employers to encourage NHS staff to help turn the vision of a Personal, Fair and Diverse NHS into a reality, by creating a vibrant network of 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 Champion involve?
Don’t be put off by the word ‘Champion’! Your role can be as much or as little as you want it to be. For example, you could just do your bit to share and spread good practice, or find out about patients from different backgrounds. You could actively be a voice for those who are finding it difficult to make themselves heard or you could bring things to the forefront which you think might be excluding individuals or groups. You may think that you as an individual can represent a particular equality group because of your religion / sexuality / age / gender / faith / disability / background etc As a minimum we do expect all EPUT Champions to follow Equality and Diversity best practices and to help to grow our network of Champions by promoting this campaign to other EPUT staff.
What support do champions get?
Our Chief Executive is fully supportive of this initiative and writes to each line manager of any employee who signs up in order to urge them to support their work. All the champions act as a network for each other and are there to share experiences if needed. The Employee Experience 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 any of the equality networks if they wish.