Equality and inclusion in the workplace
We are committed to promoting equal opportunities across everything we do, in terms of employment and training, providing services and our engagement and decision making. We welcome diversity and look for self-motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds who care about making a difference.
We aim to:
- celebrate and encourage the diversity of our workforce
- create a working environment where everyone feels included and appreciated for their work
- promote and provide our training and employment opportunities without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other aspect of a person’s background
- encourage creativeness and innovation, to ensure that each member of staff can give of their best and help us move forward with our equality and inclusion goals.
We have also joined Stonewall’s Health Champions programme, receiving free advice and expertise on health services from the charity.
Workforce Race Equality Standard
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was mandated through the NHS standard contract, starting in 2015/16. It been developed as a tool to measure improvements in the workforce with respect to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff.
The challenge to ensure BME staff are treated fairly and their talents valued and developed is one that all NHS organisations need to meet. Research shows that:
• Unfair treatment of BME staff adversely affects the care and treatment of all patients
• Diverse teams and leaderships are more likely to be innovative, and increase organisational effectiveness,
• Organisations whose leadership composition bears little relationship to that of the communities served will be less likely to deliver the patient focused care that is needed.
The WRES enables NHS organisations to better understand the experience of BME staff, measure improvement and implement change that will have a positive impact on the working life of BME staff.
Workforce Disability Equality Standard
The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten specific measures (metrics) which enables NHS organisations to compare the workplace and career experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff.
The WDES is important, because research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety.
The WDES enables NHS organisations to better understand the experiences of their disabled staff and supports positive change for all existing employees by creating a more inclusive environment for disabled people working and seeking employment in the NHS.
The gender pay gap is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between women and men.
Since changes to the Equality Act came into force in April 2017, companies with more than 250 employees have been legally required to report their gender pay gap figures by the end of the financial year.
The gender pay is different from equal pay, which looks at the pay difference between men and women who carry out the same jobs. Unequal pay for men and women has been illegal for 45 years.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have on 24th March, taken the decision to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20).
You can view our previous annual Gender Pay Reports below