Diversity at the RD&E - Welcome
Our Trust is committed to achieving equality and diversity in all that we do, for our staff and in the services they provide. This page sets out why and the basic principles we follow.
Equality and diversity is all about respecting legal human rights – for everyone. We all have human rights to be treated with dignity, fairness and respect. That is why equality and diversity is relevant for all staff, patients and visitors.
The equality law gives additional protection, potentially to all of us. It focuses on equality regarding age, disability, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity and transgender.
The NHS Constitution has equality and human rights at the heart of its very first principle, that we provide a service
“…available to all …. It has a duty to each and every individual that it serves and must respect their human rights.”
So what are our ambitions?
We aim to harness the individuality of every staff member, so we are all fully engaged in the work of the Trust.
Equality and diversity is everyone’s business.
Every staff member and manager is therefore accountable for making sure that we live up to our ambition as regards equality and diversity.
Fairness, dignity, equality and respect are all basic human rights, so we cannot afford anything less than zero tolerance if they are breached.
We expect all staff to challenge any breach of these rights, staff-side and service-side. This could be informally or formally through procedures such as grievance, disciplinary, whistle blowing or incident reporting.
The ultimate measure is staff fully engaged in patient care and service users who are pleased with what we deliver. We will use staff and patient surveys to show how far we achieve this.