These pages demonstrate our commitment to developing and implementing integrated staff, patient, public and stakeholder engagement as part of our core functions. To achieve this we aim to demonstrate a real commitment to put the patient at the heart of everything we do.

As a service provider, we are committed to providing a service which is accessible to everyone and prevents unfair or unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion, faith or belief.  We are working to promote good relations between different individuals and groups.

As an employer, we will ensure our employees work in an environment which respects and includes everyone and is free from discrimination, harassment and unequal treatment. We are keen to attract staff from diverse backgrounds that are representative of the population we serve and seek to raise our profile as a potential employer. A good example of this is our approach to Ramadan.  The information here has been shared with staff to ensure that they are aware of and respect the impact that the Holy Month may have on colleagues and patients.

You will find the information we are required to publish to meet the Specific Duties of the Public Sector Equality Act 2010 in these pages. We publish information to demonstrate our compliance with these duties.

This statement also reflects our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

We are members of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and received their silver award in both 2018 and 2019 for their Talent Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation benchmark And the Gold award in 2020.  We are also one of just 39 NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion partners, and are committed to the Job Centre Disability Confident scheme, having been awarded Disability Confident Employer status in 2018.