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Equality Objectives 2012-16

This page outlines equality objectives produced following an extensive engagement process with staff and stakeholders.The Trust held a stakeholder workshop on 17 March 2015 to review progress on existing objectives and to agree new objectives  which were approved by the Trust Board in May 2015.   The outcomes from our EDS2 Grading Workshop on 4th March informed this process.The EDS is an NHS Framework aimed at improving equality performance and embedding equality into mainstream business.

The aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty are listed in Section 49 (1) of the Equality Act 2010 as follows:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited under the Act;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The Trust has five equality objectives to be achieved within four years. Each will be supported by a one-year specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) action plan, and the objective and action plan will be reviewed and monitored by our Inclusion Working Group.


South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust equality objectives

Overarching objective:

The Trust’s overarching objective will enable us to achieve the objectives below. To provide the best possible patient care, we know it is essential to understand the needs of the communities we serve and ensure they are involved in developing services that meet those needs. We also know the importance of staff wellbeing, and the value of involving staff in service improvement. We will review our “Inclusion Strategy” to ensure the mechanisms to ensure appropriate engagement and involvement with patients, staff and other stakeholders continue to inform our work as the organisation transitions a local operating model.

Goal 1: Better health outcomes

Equality Objective 1:  The Trusts Medical Directorate will use diversity data and information to inform the development of clinical pathways to reduce health inequalities.

Goal 2: Improved patient access and experience

Objective 2:  To provide equitable access to care and treatment and to ensure we work collaboratively with other healthcare partners to identify and address health inequalities.

Goal 3:  A representative and supported workforce

Objective 3:  The Trust will promote and demonstrate by improved audit and governance an inclusive culture that works to eradicate bullying and harassment and eliminate discrimination, further improving   working lives and staff well-being.

Goal 4: Inclusive Leadership

Objective 4:  The Board is accountable for the achievement of Equality Objectives, and must be competent in managing equality and diversity across the Trust.

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