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.

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

Engaging Communities using the Equality Delivery System (EDS)

For EDS tools and more information - NHS England.

EDS tools

A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS 2013

Evaluation of the equality delivery system for the NHS 2012

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


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 can be found at NHS Choices website and at Living my Life.



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.


Ensuring Quality, Valuing Difference Conference Report, 2013

Equality Delivery System Annual Report 2013

Equality and Diversity Objectives 2014-17

Rethink report: The Abandoned illness

Disability in Kent - November 2013

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.

Contact us

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