Equality & Diversity

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity to all users of our services and our employees whilst recognising we each have our own diverse needs.

The Trust recognises that discrimination is both unlawful and unacceptable.  The Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to building equality, diversity and inclusiveness in to everything that it does.  The Trust will ensure that all employees are treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and wishes to create a culture where employees are able to seek, obtain and hold employment within a productive environment free from any form of discrimination or harassment.  It is clear that in addition to meeting our legal duties, equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of NHS strategy; a diverse workforce with accessible services for all, enabling us to deliver a more inclusive service and improve patient experience and care.

Equality is the term used for allowing everyone to have equality of opportunity.

Diversity is about taking into account an individual’s personal differences.

Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential

Equality of opportunity, meaning how we can ensure the full range of relevant people and groups have similar access to opportunities. This might be access to employment opportunities, access to services and civil society

You can view of the Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Overview, Goals and Objectives here

You can view of the Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Workforce focused Action Plan here

If you have an enquiry or comment that impacts the Trust’s staff or service users that you would like to be raised then please email us at Equality&Diversity@nnuh.nhs.uk

Workforce Race Equality Standard

The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), introduced by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) for all NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups came into effect on 1 April 2015.   This was in response to The Snowy White Peaks’ a report by Roger Kline which provided compelling evidence that barriers, including poor data, are deeply rooted within the culture of the NHS.

The WRES is a mandatory requirement embedded within the NHS Contract to ensure effective collection, analysis and use of workforce data to address the under-representation of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) staff across the NHS. It will require the Trust to demonstrate progress against nine standard indicators specifically focused at Race equality.

The WRES has clear links with Equality Delivery System EDS2.

Our Annual Report on the Workforce Race Equality Standard  will be a benchmark enabling us to plan improvements and monitor progress going forward.

Positive Attitude to Disability

webHere at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital we use the ‘two-ticks’ disability symbol to show that as an employer we have a positive attitude to applications from disabled people. You will see the symbol displayed on our job adverts and application forms.

it is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have committed to employing, retaining and developing the abilities of their disabled staff. To use this symbol, we make commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness. These include:

  • interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and considering them on their abilities.
  • making every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.

If you are an applicant with a disability and would like to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme, please ensure the recruiter is aware of this by ticking the relevant box on your application form.