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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The vision of a better NHS as set out in the Five Year Forward Plan (FYFP) provides us with reasons why the NHS, including Barts Health NHS Trust needs to change the way we operate.

With approximately 2.5 million people living in east London and beyond looking to Barts Health to provide them with the healthcare they need; with the communities we serve, the patients we care for and the staff we employ, considered to be one of the most diverse in the country, our commitment to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion goes beyond the minimum statutory requirements.

We are committed to eliminating discrimination, valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity and build and sustain an inclusive environment to deliver and receive care.

It is our policy to ensure that no service-user, employee or job applicant is treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, social background, marital status, hours worked, responsibilities as a carer, trade union activities, unrelated criminal conviction, or blood borne virus status.

As we embark on our improvement journey to be safe and compassionate, we also aim to ensure that our services and employment practices are a true reflection of our commitment to equal opportunity.

Our local areas, Newham and Tower Hamlets, together with Waltham Forest, are among London’s youngest, most diverse and most deprived communities, with a significantly higher proportion of people aged 24 and under than the UK average.

Parts of north east London are also anticipating an increase in residents aged over 65, with resultant implications for healthcare as older people are generally higher users of health services.

As a health care provider and a major local employer of approximately 16,000 staff, we recognise our important role to play in the wider community to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.

Our equality objectives

The public sector equality duty (PSED) under the Equality Act 2010 placed a requirement upon all NHS Trusts to develop equality objectives by 6 April 2012. With our commitment to create a world-class health organisation; one which builds strong relations with its local communities and partners, and which ensures that the needs of patients always come first, a revised set of equality objectives have been developed.

The purpose of setting equality objectives is to strengthen our performance of the general equality duty and to ensure that we are making year-on-year progress in advancing equality and human rights for all protected groups and beyond, with both our patients and carers and those who work in the organisation.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public sector organisations to ensure they comply with the general and specific equality duties. In summary, in the exercise of our functions, to have due regard to the following:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who do not.
  • foster good relations between people who share a characteristic and those who do not.

These seven equality objectives have been subjected to review and were revised in light of the feedback received from engagement activity with staff, patients, carers, communities and partners.

Mainstreaming issues of equalities into our broader work on health inequalities is critical to achieving Barts Health’s ambition to make a significant positive impact on the health of people in east London. 

To this effect, a work programme aligned with the four goals of the revised Equality Delivery System (EDS2) has been developed. The four goals of EDS2 are as follows:

  • Better health outcomes
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • A representative and supported workforce
  • Inclusive Leadership

For further information on EDS2, please click here for a short video.

Annual Equality information

As equality is at the heart of our continued commitment to be the best employer of choice and the very best environment for receiving healthcare, and to also meet statutory requirements, each year we have published our equality information:

Equality information 2016

Equality information 2015

Equality information 2014

Equality information 2013

Equality information 2012

View the human rights, equality and diversity policy here.

How to give us feedback

We would like to hear from you and so if you have any comments or suggestions for how we could further improve, please share them with us. You can email or write to:

The Inclusion Team
Organisational Development
Barts Health NHS Trust
Ground Floor, 9 Prescot Street 
London, E1 8PR

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