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Meeting our legal duty

Our vision for equality and diversity

Using the principles of the EDS2 we will embed equality and diversity to build on the progress we have made, to ensure equality and diversity is in both service provision and employment, to achieve a significant change in our performance on equality, diversity and inclusion, whilst staying true to our vision and values as they are important to us.

Meeting our legal duty

As a public sector organisation, the Trust has a statutory duty to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded into all its functions and activities as required by the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution. 

The Equality Act 2010 replaces all previous equality legislation, such as; The Race Relations Act, The Disability Discrimination Act, The Sex/Gender Discrimination Act, Religion and Belief Regulations and Sexual Orientation Regulation.  The Equality Act Places a public sector equality duty on public sector organisations to pay 'due regard' to the personal protected characteristics in their decision making process when developing or reviewing policies, service redesign or restructure and the development of strategies.

The Equality Act is a key part of the legal framework that underpins the way the NHS provides its services and supports its staff. The duty also requires the Trust to collect, analyse and publish its workforce data and service user data equality data information in an accessible format. The Trust is also required to publish its equality objectives and an annual progress report on those objectives. 

The Equality Act and Human Rights Act are also underpinned by the NHS Constitution.

The Equality Act outlaws discrimination against the following protected characteristics:
Equality Act - Protected characteristics

What is the Equality Delivery System (EDS2)?

The EDS2 is a toolkit to support NHS organisations to identify, implement, embed and deliver their equality objectives. This process can drive improvements, strengthen the accountability of services to those providing them, bring about workplaces free from discriminatory practices and reduce health inequalities.

The EDS2 is used to support the Trust to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. The EDS2 is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives so that everyone counts.

At the heart of the EDS2 is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into 4 goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed, graded and action determined.

Click here for the full set of documents relating to the EDS2.

The equality and diversity pages explain how our Trust intends to ensure equality, diversity and human rights in service provision and employment.

These pages will therefore be reviewed and added to on a regular basis. We welcome any suggestions from staff on other information or advice they would like to see added. Please email any suggestions to bina.saini@nhs.net,  HR Projects, Diversity and Inclusion Lead.