Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
As the main provider of healthcare services and one of the largest employers in Herefordshire, our aim is to deliver services that are appropriate to everyone's needs, taking account of differences in age, disability, race, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion, belief, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, social and employment status or responsibilities as a carer.
How does it affect patients?
We aim to provide services to all sections of the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or sensory impairment or social and cultural background. We will respect human rights. We will publish information about those services as widely as possible and work with outside organisations to achieve these goals.
How does it affect staff?
We aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels, offering recognition and support regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or sensory impairment or social and cultural background. We also work with community groups and organisations to spread awareness of careers within the Trust.
The Trust regularly reviews its Equalities Policy - the latest version is available here.
How do we do this?
We have an Equalities Group which focuses on this important agenda and is developing a Diversity Forum for staff. We also work with other local NHS organisations to develop and share best practice. Above all, though, every member of staff, whatever their position, has a personal responsibility to contribute to a culture which values everyone as a unique individual.