Equality Statement

Equality Statement

 

Our Vision and Aims

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trusts vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence the wider determinants of health, through collaboration with the people of Tameside and Glossop and our health and care partners.

To deliver this vision our aims are to:

  • Support local people to remain well by tackling the causes of ill health, supporting behaviour and lifestyle change, and maximising the role played by local communities to enable people to take greater control over their own care needs and the services they receive.
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  • When illness or crisis occur, provide high quality integrated services that are designed around the needs of the individual and are provided in the most appropriate setting, including in people’s own homes.
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  • Develop and retain a workforce that is fit for the future needs of the organisation; reward talent; and instil pride in the workforce which demonstrates our Values and Behaviours and has the skill and ambition for continuous improvement.
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  • Work with partners to innovate, transform and integrate care provision in Tameside and Glossop and in doing so contribute to the delivery of financial sustainability.

 

We recognise diversity and the individual needs of our staff and patients within the local community.

The Trust is committed to providing equality of opportunity in employment, in an environment which is free from discrimination where we uphold the values of dignity and respect for our patients, their families and carers.

Below you can read more about how we do this and the documents and reports that are available to you that we use to monitor our work in this area.

 

What is Equality and Diversity all about?

EQUALITY is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. It is not about treating people the same, but recognising that everyone has different needs, which need to be met in different ways.

DIVERSITY is the many distinct characteristics that staff, patients, service users, carers bring to our Trust. We recognise and value differences within our communities and the workplace. We can learn from the differences of others and become more understanding.

As a public authority, the Trust has a legal requirement to promote equality and set out how we plan to meet the 'general and specific duties' specified in the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010. The Act now gives protection to groups of people who experience discrimination and have protection from this legislation. These are known as protected characteristics. It is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Re-assignment
  • Religion and Belief
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity

 

Our commitment to Equality and Diversity

We believe that healthcare services should respond to the diverse requirements of everyone we serve in Tameside & Glossop and beyond. We are committed to improving the health of our local population and reducing inequalities in healthcare provision.

Our five year strategy involves working collaboratively with our health & care partners to improve health outcomes. Amongst other things, this means giving people better knowledge and control of their own health needs and providing high quality care in whichever setting is most appropriate whether that be in peoples own homes, in community healthcare settings, or through our hospital provided services. We will only be able to achieve this by ensuring equality of access for all groups, whilst also being able to respond to the diverse needs of our community.

 

Our role as an employer

As an organisation, we promote diversity and equality of opportunity in employment, welcoming applications from all sectors of the community. We have various routes into employment, including Apprenticeships, links with the Job Centre, pre-employment schemes and links with the Armed Forces.

We embrace a culture where staff are listened to and patients come first. Every day these values drive the behaviour and actions for every person in our organisation. Our latest staff survey results show the Trust came in the top 20% for the percentage of staff who would recommend the trust as a place to work and be treated.

To apply for a role at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, please follow the link to our current vacancies pages. Here you can find more information about us and more information on working for us.

 

 

Equality Objectives

Our overall Equality Objectives are:

  • To promote development opportunities for all our workforce, whether or not defined as having a protected characteristic.
  • To improve the experience of staff through the reduction in incidents of harassment, bullying or abuse from patient’s, relatives, the general public or other staff.
  • To analysis retention rates by protected characteristics and to take appropriate action to understand and address any issues
  • To assure ourselves that services, information and resources can be accessed by all Patients and this is in evidence, across all the protected characteristics.
  • To support mainstreaming of the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda into everyday activity, policy and procedure.

 

You can view our Equality Objectives in more detail here.

Workforce Reports

Our workforce reports give statistical information on our workforce profile showing the gender, age, ethnicity and other information of our staff and people who apply for roles with us.

You can view our Workforce Report in more detail here

Equality Delivery System

In order to assess how we are doing in relation to Equality & Diversity, the Trust has implemented the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS). This is a performance equality framework designed by the Department of Health to demonstrate how NHS trusts meet their public sector equality duty and work with stakeholders from across the protected characteristics to measure equality outcomes.

The Trust has undertaken Grading events against a number of EDS Standards:

  • Better health outcomes
  • Improving patient access
  • Representative and supportive workforce
  • Inclusive leadership

In November 2016 the Trust held a grading assessment involving Governors and external stakeholders (from local community groups and the CCG) to help assess ourselves against two of the 4 goals. We were assessed against the “better health outcomes” and “improved patient access and experience” as achieving or developing against the standards. In July 2017 we repeated this exercise assessing ourselves against “representative and supportive workforce” and “inclusive leadership” and we were assessed as ‘achieving’ against the standards for both.

You can view our EDS outcomes in more detail here

An action plan is in place to improve our outcomes in the four objectives.

 

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) has been developed via NHS England as a tool to measure improvements in the workforce with respect to Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) staff. The WRES tool comprises a total of nine indicators split across Workforce Data, National NHS Staff Survey and Trust Board Representation. 

At Tameside we are committed to addressing any inequalities that exist for staff and welcome the WRES as a tool to show, transparently, where improvements may be needed so as to establish and maintain inclusive workplaces for all.

 

You can view our WRES outcomes in more detail here

Workforce Disability Equality Standard

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) has announced that a Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) will be mandated for NHS organisations from August 2019. The proposal is that information will be obtained from the NHS annual staff survey and will look at areas such as workforce representation, reasonable adjustments, employment experience and opportunities for employees who identify with a disability.

However, while WDES is not mandated until August 2019, the Trust is currently working on a review of all protected characteristics (including Disability), looking at areas such as workforce representation, access to training, access to employment and staff experience. This project will cover elements covered by WDES.

Gender pay gap reporting

Employers with 250 employees and over will need to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees. This will cover all employees who are employed under a contract of employment, a contract of apprenticeship or a contract personally to do work. This will include those under Agenda for Change terms and conditions, medical staff and very senior managers. All calculations will be made relating to the pay period in which the snapshot day falls.  For the first year, this will be the pay period including 31 March 2017 and this information is to be published by 31st March 2018.

You can view our Gender Pay Gap report here.

Monitoring and Implementation    

Our Equality and Diversity Group will monitor the implementation of this statement and the objectives we have agreed.