Equality and diversity


We are committed to building and delivering services that are more equal, where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their potential and where people treat each other with dignity and respect. 

We are also committed to continuous engagement activities with interest groups to help the Trust identify and remove barriers for different "protected groups’". This commitment is contained in our equality strategy entitled the Equality Delivery System.

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

Black and Minority Ethnic Network

Our trust wide Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network group looks at our performance in relation to race equality.

The group acts as a staff consultancy group for the Trust, but also has the ability to look at other areas of race equality that may not be covered by the Diversity work plan. Members meet throughout the year. Any employee can attend.

Issues that are covered by the group include:

• Equality Impact Assessments
• Ethnicity data collection on employment
• Ethnicity date related to complaints and disciplinary action
• Support and signposting for BME staff and service users.

For more details about this group, please email.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network

Freedom Network logo

The ‘Freedom’ Network was established in 2010 with the aim to enable, empower and support Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender staff and their allies working for the Trust.

Membership is open to any Trust. Freedom meets around four times a year, usually in different venues across the wide geographic area of the Trust, in order to be as accessible as possible to members.

The Network values and respects the privacy of its members. All members choose if, and how much, of their personal information is disclosed both within and outside of the Network, and a confidentiality policy is in place.

Interested? Questions? Need to talk? Email us.

More information on Transgender on the NHS website. And at Living my Life.




  • Ensuring Quality, Valuing Difference Conference Report, 2013
  • Equality Delivery System Annual Report 2013
  • Equality and Diversity Objectives 2014-17

Contact us

If you would like more information then please email the Equalities team.