It provides support, advice, assurance and governance to staff who are responsible for Inclusion, Equality and Diversity. It reports to the Workforce Development Committee and so has a direct reporting line to the Board.

The Inclusion Working Group meets quarterly.  It is chaired by Steve Graham, the Executive Director with overall responsibility for equality and diversity and is attended by senior managers from different parts of Trust to ensure equality and diversity work is embedded across the Trust at a senior level.  Full membership, which includes staff side, patient and public and  representation from staff equality groups can be found in the terms of reference.

Its responsibilities include meeting the Trust requirements in relation to Equality, Diversity & Human rights legislation and codes of practice as set out by the NHS, Department of Health and Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Inclusion Working Group is committed to promoting, recognising and valuing the diverse nature of our communities, stakeholders and staff, and removing or minimising inequalities of access and discrimination, to enable the Trust to meet the needs of patients.  The group is also responsible for implementation of the Equality Delivery System and Inclusion Strategy.

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