WORCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST EQUALITY STATEMENT
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is committed to delivering a health service where Equality and Diversity is embraced by everyone. For Worcestershire Health and Care Trust promoting equality, inclusion and human rights is integral to our values and delivery of our services. We will take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in the design, delivery and review of all of our functions, policies and practices.
We are committed to reducing the health inequalities that affect Worcestershire communities and ensuring that everyone has access to the health care they need, while treating people with respect, dignity and fairness.
We seek to create an employment environment that is inclusive and supportive for all staff and to promote a health services’ culture in Worcestershire in which:
Diversity is valued and respected – an approach that embraces both visible and non-visible difference
The community works together effectively in an atmosphere of trust, harmony and respect
Discrimination and prejudice are challenged
Both direct and indirect discrimination (associative, perceptive), harassment and victimisation will not be tolerated
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights is an important part of our everyday lives, as citizens, employees, service users and providers.
What is Equality?
Equality is about recognising that each one of us is unique, valuing everyone as an individual creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Equality is recognising that discrimination is unacceptable regardless of people's gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, colour, disability, carer status or social background. To treat everybody with equality does actually mean to treat people differently with equity, as we all have very different needs and requirements.
What is Diversity?
Diversity literally means difference. It is about recognising individual as well as group differences and placing positive value on diversity in the workplace. It is not about creating a level playing field and treating everyone equally, it is about treating everyone fairly.
Diversity is the many distinct characteristics that staff, patients, carers and families bring to our organisation. These distinct characteristics bring variations of thinking, communication styles, skills and personalities that are respected and valued.
What are Human Rights?
Fair treatment is fundamental – unless people are treated with dignity and respect they will not feel valued.
Respect for human rights of an individual or group is fundamental to ensuring their quality of life. At the core of Human Rights are the principles of FREDA – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy. These principles are fundamental to the NHS and our organisation.
The economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to fair employment conditions and health care without discrimination, are relevant to the NHS as both an employer and service provider.
All Trust employees/volunteers have a personal responsibility to implement and promote Equality, Diversity & Human Rights in our day-to-day contact with service users, with each other and partners. We have a moral duty which is re-enforced by legislation. If we break the law this could result in huge financial costs to the Trust as well as wasting time and resources to do something we should be doing anyway.