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Our Commitment to Equality
West Hertfordshire Hospitals publishes its equality objectives - 5 April 2012
West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust (WHHT) is required by the Equality Act 2010 (Public Sector Equality Duties (PSED) Regulations 2011 (section 3) to prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives that will help to achieve the aims of the general equality duty by 6 April 2012, and at least every four years after that.
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to ensuring equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights are central to the way we deliver healthcare services to our patients and how we support our staff.
We are proud to be a significant employer in Hertfordshire; our sites across the county bring diversity to our workforce representing a broad spectrum of cultures, nationalities, and backgrounds. Our catchment areas present us with unique challenges and opportunities.
Our aim is to eliminate health inequalities and promote equal access to appropriate and quality services.
The majority of the Equality Act provisions came into force in October 2010.
The Equality Act is a key part of the legal framework that underpins the way the NHS provides its services to patients and supports its staff. The Equality Act outlaws discrimination against patients or staff with the following protected characteristics:
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnerships
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race (including nationality and ethnicity)
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Public Sector Equality Duty
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is required to the meet the General Duty to provide people protection from discrimination and to actively promote equality for both patient and staff groups who fall within the nine protected groups.
The Trust complies with the law and aims to continue developing better practice to ensure that:
- discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010 are eliminated
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share different equality groups
- we foster good relations between different protected characteristic groups and those who are not within these groups.
West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust is required to publish relevant, proportionate information showing compliance with the General Duty, and to set equality objectives. Publishing information about decision-making and the equality data which underpins those decisions opens the Trust up to informed public scrutiny. It offers the public the information they need to challenge the Trust and hold us to account for our performance on equality and help to focus the minds of decision-makers on giving proper consideration to equality issues. West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust published equality information as required under the PSED for the first time in January 2012. We will continue publish information to show our compliance with the General Duty, at least annually.
NHS Equality Delivery System2 & Workforce Race Equality Standard
The EDS2 is an assessment tool designed to measure NHS equality performance with an aim to produce better outcomes for people using and working in the NHS and to gather equality evidence that demonstrates compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) of the Equality Act 2010.
The implementation of EDS2 supports our strategic objective to promote equality throughout the planning, development and delivery of our services whilst appreciating and respecting the diversity of our local community and staff.
The EDS2 sets out four goals around equality, diversity and human rights. Within the four goals, there are 18 outcomes, against which we are required to assess and grade our equality performance. 9 of the 18 outcomes examine equality in service delivery and nine examine equality in workforce development.
We have undertaken a process of engagement and review to complete the EDS2 grading process. 17 of the 18 EDS2 outcomes have been graded across two grading sessions, first for services on 6 May and Workforce on 20 August 2015.
- Goal 1 – assessed and graded on 6 May
- Goal 2 – assessed and graded on 6 May
- Goal 3 – assessed and graded 20 August
- Goal 4 – assessed and graded on 6 May and 20 August
For our latest 2016 workforce race equality standard report and action plan for 2016/17 see links below.