As an NHS trust we have a legal duty, set out in the public sector equality duty, part of the Equality Act (2010), to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act (2010)
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it
- Foster or encourage good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it
EPUT works to develop and implement a range of policies, projects and programmes to help foster equality and inclusion among our employees and local communities.
We are committed to challenging discrimination, both within our workforce and within the care we provide. We understand that equality and inclusion does not mean simply treating everyone the same or providing the same service to everyone. It means providing person-centred care and taking action to address inequalities both within our services and our wider community.
We understand that health inequalities are present in society. We work closely with local community organisations and in collaboration with staff, patients and carers to share good practice with other NHS trusts and organisations to make sure that improvements are made.
At EPUT, we are proud to have the following:
- Five Staff Equality Networks Ethnic Minority and Race Equality, Staff Carers, LGBTQ+ Disability and Mental Health, Faith and Spirituality). Network members help us understand the needs of their communities and work with us to shape improvements.
- The Equality and Inclusion Subcommittee, part of our governance process, which uses feedback from staff and patient surveys, Staff Equality Networks, data from the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) to highlight trends in the trust and identify areas for improvement.
- Training and coaching to help staff become better allies and to challenge inequality and discrimination in all its forms, including ways to address systemic discrimination.