Equality and diversity

We are committed to building and delivering services where every individual has the opportunity to achieve their potential, is treated with respect and is able to be themselves.

At KMPT, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where the culture embraces fairness in both our service provision and employment.

We understand that including our service users and staff in improving our services is vital; ensuring decisions are made with service users at the forefront and where staff are given every opportunity to develop and progress within their careers.

 

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaced previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what employers and employees need to do to make their workplaces a fair environment and comply with the law. View it here: Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act sets out the protected characteristics as:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnerships
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy and maternity
Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty consists of a general equality duty, which is set out in Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and specific duties, which are imposed by secondary legislation (the Equality Act gives ministers the power to impose specific duties on public bodies to enable them to perform the Equality Duty more effectively). 

As a trust, we are obliged to fulfil and promote the Public Sector Equality Duty. As a public service we are required to:

  • Have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

To meet our obligations, we carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) on all our policies and procedures. We carry out equality analyses on recruitment, training and on our workforce.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was introduced to ensure the collection and use of workforce data and analysis was effective to address the under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic staff within the NHS.

In 2015, the WRES was mandated through the NHS Standard Contract. In 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected the WRES to assess whether organisations were well-led.

Our WRES is designed to focus us to achieve greater diversity in our workforce. It allows us to identify gaps for improvement based on qualitative data collected and monitored.

As part of the standard, we are required to publish our workforce ethnicity data annually.

WRES FAQs

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is mandated by the NHS Standard Contract and will apply to all NHS trusts and foundation trusts from April 2019. The WDES is a data-based standard that uses a series of measures (metrics) to improve the experiences of disabled staff in the NHS.

Our WDES will be able to monitor and evidence the experiences of staff with disabilities and take steps to improve areas identified to enable a more inclusive and safe environment, free from discrimination.

Workforce Disability Equality Standard

Making information accessible

At KMPT, we want to ensure that anyone with a disability, impairment or a sensory loss is able to access our services and is given information which is easy to read and is a communication that meets their needs. 

Equality strategy and strategic objectives

We are continuously looking to improve our equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and for 2019/20 we have committed to setting specific challenging objectives to improve our services and the wellbeing and development of our workforce. 

Our main priorities are as follows:

  • Improve representation of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff in under-represented bands through recruitment and encourage developmental opportunities for aspiring leaders
  • To implement strategies to address bullying, harassment, abuse, hate crime and aggressive behaviours in the workplace in order to promote safer services for everyone
  • To improve the wellbeing of disabled staff, increase peer support worker profile and career opportunities
  • Implementation of the NHS Accessible Information Standard
  • Support the BAME, LGBTQ+, disability and faith forums as an essential structure to help gather intelligence and understand the underlying explanation of experiences of staff and thus develop appropriate and tailored solutions to challenges.
NHS Employers Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was commissioned by the national Equality and Diversity Council in 2010 and launched in July 2011 to help NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities.

It is designed to provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The EDS was developed by the NHS, for the NHS, taking inspiration from existing work and good practice.

NHS England: Equality Delivery System

Network Forums

Employees have the opportunity to join our vibrant diversity staff support networks, including the networks for BAME, faith, LGBTQ+ and able (disabilities). Our networks help raise awareness across KMPT and help us build an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive and be themselves at work.

KMPT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believes all staff should be treated with respect and dignity at all times. Our staff network/forums are in place to raise awareness and provide an environment where staff can discuss issues and look at positive solutions as well as host initiatives and diversity celebrations.

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 and leavers.

Click here to view our Workforce Race Equality Standard.