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Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Derby Hospitals CARE values
The Trust Board and The Council of Governors of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are fully committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights and achieving the elimination of unlawful discrimination in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

This will be achieved by ensuring that the Trust values equality, diversity and human rights and that it runs through all aspects of service provision and employment.  The publication of our Annual Workforce Equality Report and supporting information reflects a committed approach and represents a positive process that equality will consistently underpin all aspects of leadership and service planning at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

To make our vision a reality, we are determined to promote equality of access and identify and eliminate any inequalities in everything we do. We also reaffirm our commitment to ensure that our own staff are treated fairly, with dignity and respect and given equal opportunity to develop to their full potential.  To achieve our equalities aim we underpin all our work with our values of Compassion, Attitude, Respect, Equality - the C.A.R.E. values.

The NHS has a range of legal duties relating to to equality and human rights. These are based on legislation relating to public sector organisations and are designed to ensure that services and employment practices treat staff and users of services fairly and do not discriminate against people because of their diversity.

The Trust will not tolerate discrimination under any circumstances and particularly because of a protected characteristic; these are race, age, sex, disability, religion or belief (or no belief), pregnancy or maternity, civil partnership or marriage, gender re-assignment and sexual orientation.

The Trust will not tolerate bullying and harassment under any circumstances and particularly on the grounds of a protected characteristic. A separate Dignity at Work Policy is in place.

The promotion of equality, inclusion and human rights is at the heart of  being an NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to embedding equality and diversity values into everyday practices, policies and procedures.

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a framework created by the Department of Health to improve the equality performance of the NHS and embed equality into mainstream business.

The EDS is about real people making real improvements that can be sustained over time. It focuses on the things that matter the most for patients, communities and staff. It emphasises the importance of genuine engagement, transparency and the effective use of evidence. By using the EDS, we will be able to meet the requirements of the Equality Act as well as the essential standards for care described by our regulator and licenser, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The EDS has 18 outcomes, grouped under four goals:

1. better health outcomes for all.
2. improved patient access and experience.
3. empowered, engaged and included staff.
4. inclusive leadership.

The EDS is needed to improve outcomes for both patients and NHS staff whose experience of the NHS can be worse than the general population.  In addition the system helps the Trust to improve its  understanding and respect for everyone who uses the NHS and those working for the NHS.