Equality and Diversity

KMPT is committed to building and delivering services that is more equal, where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their potential and where people treat each other with dignity and respect.  We are committed to continuous engagement activities with interest groups to help the Trust to identify and remove barriers for different "protected groups’". The Trust’s commitment is contained in its equality strategy called the Equality Delivery System.

What is the Equality Delivery System (EDS)?

The EDS is the new NHS Equality & Diversity performance framework aimed at delivering better outcomes for patients, communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse.

The  public sector Equality Duty set the momentum for the EDS, however, the architects of the EDS  have designed it in such a way that it also delivers  on the NHS Outcomes Framework (2010), the NHS Constitution (2010), Care Quality Commission’s Essential Standards of Quality and Safety (2010), and the Human Resources Transition Framework (2011).

For more information visit the Equality Delivery System page.

The Equality Act 2010

Public bodies have a statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010 commonly known as the Public Sector Equality Duty.  The duty requires public authorities to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

The Act commonly refers to "protected groups" - these are the areas where the law is prescriptive about who should be protected.  As an organisation, personalisation is at the heart of everything we do. We strive to provide beyond the minimum requirements of the public duty.

List of protected groups

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Religion and Beliefs
  • Sexual Orientation

Putting you in the driving seat

At the heart of the Health & Social Care Bill is the quest to put patients, communities and staff in the driving seat.  This means users and interests groups will hold KMPT to account through varied engagement events.  Interests groups are required to use the following rating to grade KMPT’s   business delivery.  KMPT will use the grading results to set and review objectives that are relevant, appropriate and personalised to needs.

Engaging Communities using the Equality Delivery System


EDS Tools:

A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS

The Grades Manual

EDS for the NHS – Easy read

What we have done

  • KMPT in conjunction with LPMG has raised some awareness of the EDS amongst communities and interests groups
  • KMPT has published published it EDS objectives
  • Ongoing conversations on equality and accessibility

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Equality Impact Assessments

It is a detailed and systematic analysis of the potential or actual effects of a policy or practice, provision or criterion, range of functions to ascertain whether it has a differential impact on identifiable protected groups of people.

To view assessments that have been carried out please visit the Equality Impact Assessments page.

Workforce Data

Our workforce data is broken down by headcount, full-time equivalent and ethnicity. There is also data in regard to local population, joiners, leavers and sickness absence.

To view the reports please visit the Workforce Data page.


pdf icon Ensuring Quality, Valuing Difference Conference Report, 2013

pdf icon Equality Delivery System Annual Report 2013

pdf icon KMPT Equality Act Publishing Duty

Download the following documents: 

pdf icon KMPT Equalities Monitoring Form

pdf icon Community Engagement leaflet

pdf icon Rethink report: The Adandoned Illness

 Ensuring Quality, Valuing Difference Conference

Staff Equalities Networks

If you want to find out more about the staff equalities networks or create your own networks please see the documents and links below.

pdf icon What are staff networks

KMPT fully supports staff participating in networks and the statement of support from the Chief Executive is attached below.

pdf icon Equalities Network Statement

Useful links

Disability in Kent - August 2013 

Languages spoken in Kent

pdf icon 2011 Census data: Age and gender profile

pdf icon 2011 Census data: Cultural diversity in Kent

pdf icon 2011 Census data: Employment and the workforce

pdf icon 2011 Census data: Health and provision of unpaid care in Kent

Contact us

If you would like to be involved in any community events on the EDS or would like to provide general comments then please contact:

Audrey Quansahabakah
Equality and Diversity Manager
Email: audrey.quansahabakah@kmpt.nhs.uk
Email: equalities@kmpt.nhs.uk

Please help us by completing our questionnaire:

Equality and Diverstiy questionnaire

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