Equality Strategy

Equality and Diversity - Our Commitment

At Tameside we believe that everyone should have equal access to employment opportunities and healthcare service. We are committed to improving staff and patients experiences here at the Trust, via the delivery of our Trust’s Values – Everyone Matters.   Our Everyone Matters Poster can be found here.

Here at the Trust we recognise and celebrate the diversity within the Hospital and our local community, whereby we hold local training and inclusion events. A copy of our 2016 E&D Calendar can be found here 

Equality Diversity System (EDS)

We have implemented the EDS which is a national Equality, Diversity and Human Right performance system for the NHS. At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards.

The four EDS goals are:

  1. Better health outcome for all
  2. Improved patient access and experience
  3. Empowered, engaged and included staff
  4. Inclusive leadership at all level

The following link provides a useful overview of the EDS and the benefits of implementing this toolkit within the NHS. click here

At the Trust we monitor performance against the EDS toolkit, via the Equality and Diversity Implementation Group. This group meets on a monthly basis and consists of representation from department, teams and staff champions within the Trust.

If you would like to be involved and wish to obtain further information then please contact our Equality and Diversity Lead, Ahsheya Razzaq – ahsheya.razzaq@tgh.nhs.uk or via telephone 0161 922 6056

Analysis of Effects (AoE)

An Analysis of Effects (AoE) is the process of assessing both positive and negative impacts of existing and proposed polices and functions in relation to their consequences for equality target groups.

The Trust has agreed to replace the current AoE template with a template that covers all of the equality strands in much more detail with hyperlinks for guidance. The implementation of this new template will ensure that the procedure for reviewing policies is robust in promoting equality and eliminating discriminatory practices at Tameside. The new AoE template can viewed here.

The Trust is currently looking to roll out AoE training to identified managers responsible for developing new and reviewing existing policies and procedures.

 

Equality and Diversity Performance Reports

The Public Sector Specific Equality Duties require NHS Trusts to publish information that demonstrates compliance with the general equality duties. The Trust produces and analyses equality data on patients and staff members, this data is utilised to ensure that services are delivered in a fair, free from discrimination and accessible manner by all.

 

The Equality Act (2010) protects anyone who falls into a ‘protected characteristic’ – Age, Disability, Sex, Race, Gender Identity, Marriage/ Civil Partnership, Pregnancy, Maternity, Sexual Orientation and Religion Belief

 

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. There WRES tool comprises of a total of nine indicators that make up the WRES 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 welcomes the WRES as a tool to show, transparently, where improvements made be needed so as to establish and maintain inclusive workplaces for all.

The Trust WRES report and action plan is currently being developed and will be uploaded following approval via Trust Board and the Equality and Diversity Implementation Meeting.

You can access the following link to find out more about the NHS WRES

Workforce Race Equality Standard

 

http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gov/equality-hub/equality-standard/

 

Positive About Disability (Two Ticks Symbol)

This symbol is recognition given by the Employment Services to those employers who have agreed to meet the five commitments regarding employment, retention, and career progression of disabled employees.

The Trust's accreditation for the above has successfully been renewed (expired in 2008) following the assessment of its employment polices and procedures by the Employment Services against the five commitments as follow:

  • Guaranteed interview for those who have disability
  • Opportunities for those who have disability
  • Consultation and support with disabled employees
  • Raising awareness and promoting services to people with a disability
  • Reviewing progress.

As result of the renewed accreditation, the Trust can continue to display the "Two Ticks" symbol on all its recruitment documents demonstrating that the Trust is positive about disability in the workplace.

Have Your Say

We are keen to engage with everyone who feels they can make a difference in the way we deliver healthcare services to our patients.

If you would like to be involved and wish to obtain further information then please contact our Equality and Diversity Lead, Ahsheya Razzaq – ahsheya.razzaq@tgh.nhs.uk or via telephone 0161 922 6056

 

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