Equality & Diversity
The Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity to all users of our services and our employees whilst recognising we each have our own diverse needs.
The Trust’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group is chaired by Senior Managers within the Trust with either Patient (outward) or Staff (inward) facing responsibilities. The Group meets quarterly with representatives from across the Trust including staff side representatives. The aim of the Group is to progress and monitor the Equality and Diversity actions of the Trust including the implementation of the Equality Delivery System (EDS).
Equality is the term used for allowing everyone to have equality of opportunity.
Diversity is about taking into account an individual’s personal differences.
Operationally Equality legislation impacts on how we provide our services. It also impacts access to employment and treatment whilst at work. If you have an enquiry or comment that impacts the Trust’s staff or service users that you would like to be raised at the Equality Steering Committee then please email us at Equality&Diversity@nnuh.nhs.uk
Workforce Race Equality Standard
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), introduced by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) for all NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups came into effect on 1 April 2015. This was in response to ‘The Snowy White Peaks’ a report by Roger Kline which provided compelling evidence that barriers, including poor data, are deeply rooted within the culture of the NHS.
The WRES is a mandatory requirement embedded within the NHS Contract to ensure effective collection, analysis and use of workforce data to address the under-representation of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) staff across the NHS. It will require the Trust to demonstrate progress against nine standard indicators specifically focused at Race equality.
The WRES has clear links with Equality Delivery System EDS2.
Our Annual Report on the Workforce Race Equality Standard will be a benchmark enabling us to plan improvements and monitor progress going forward.
Positive Attitude to Disability
Here at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital we use the ‘two-ticks’ disability symbol to show that as an employer we have a positive attitude to applications from disabled people. You will see the symbol displayed on our job adverts and application forms.
it is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have committed to employing, retaining and developing the abilities of their disabled staff. To use this symbol, we make commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness. These include:
- interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and considering them on their abilities.
- making every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
If you are an applicant with a disability and would like to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme, please ensure the recruiter is aware of this by ticking the relevant box on your application form.