Equality and Diversity
We have looked at health inequalities for gay men and women to see what we can do to make hospital services feel safe and welcoming. During 2012-2013, we took part in the Stonewall's Health Champions Programme which was funded by the Department of Health. A survey and focus group were held to gather views from LGB patients and the results were used to improve staff training.
We also have a LGBT staff support network which takes part in key events such as Norwich Pride and IDAHO Day when the hospital flies the Rainbow flag. The group has reviewed staff training materials and staff policies.
We are also meeting with members of the transgender community to listen to their views about our services and look for ways to improve.
If you would like to pass on your views about hospital services, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality is essentially based on fairness and in most part linked to legislation. It relates to issues of detriment and the fact that no one should suffer a detriment on the basis of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, class, nationality, income or employment status.
Diversity recognises that individual differences are a natural part of society and focuses on how to harness differences between people to create benefits and improvements. It is not about treating everyone exactly the same, but treating people as individuals.
As a Trust, we have developed our approach to Equality and Diversity issues over the last ten years, moving to a position where:
- Equality and Diversity issues are mainstream
- There is an integrated approach focusing on those issues for users of our services and our workforce
- Individual policies are in place and are promoted
- Training with staff is on-going to keep staff up-to-date with developments
- The Trust works in partnership with our service representatives and staff organisations
To see the latest update on our Equality Deliverence System click here.