Equality Objectives (April 2018 to March 2022)
We have set ourselves 5 equality objectives covering the period April 2018 to March 2022, which should have the most impact on people with protected characteristics and achieve to do any of the things set out in the general equality duty.
Our objectives reflect the Trust’s key priorities in our Quality Account for Workforce, Patient Experience and Patient Safety. Our objectives will be supported by local action plans and embedded within existing monitoring and reporting processes.
The minimum publication for Equality Objectives is every 4 years, the Trust has included objectives that build on data within various reports, outstanding actions and other work streams to enable a succinct and current and relevant set of objectives to be developed.
However, should future annual equalities information (which will be contained within our annual equality, diversity and inclusion reports) identify inequalities that require immediate attention, our objectives will be reviewed and published accordingly.
To ensure our people policies and strategies promote good practice in diversity and to work towards best practice
- To build on Widening Participation, through ongoing engagement with our local community and education providers, ensuring that those people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged and have equal access to opportunities for career development.
- To ensure the workforce data, employee engagement data, patient data and HR metrics are reviewed to identify any contra-trends relating to protected characteristics and agree appropriate actions in response.
To further progress our response to the analysis from the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
- We will develop our inclusive leadership approach, open to all levels of the workforce and as part of this aim for a year on year improvement in staff from a BAME background taking up leadership roles.
- As part of ensuring a representative workforce, we will aim for a year on year improvement in the percentage of our workforce coming from a BAME background.
Objective 3 - Patient Experience
Improve how we monitor, use and report complaints from people in connection to an individual’s protected characteristic. Completion date expected March 2019.
Objective 4 - Patient Experience
To aim to provide a positive patient experience for all patients regardless of their identity, we will develop metrics, where appropriate, to track and understand patient experience by protected characteristic. Completion date expected March 2020.
Objective 5 - Patient Experience
Improve access to services, with a particular focus on improved information and communication, recognising that the Trust needs to provide fair access to all. Completion date expected to be March 2022.
The Trust recognises that there are some challenges ahead but is committed to making a difference to the people we serve and our workforce, not only to adhere to the law but because it’s the social, moral and right thing to do.
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