Equality and diversity

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusive practice . Our aim is to provide a quality service where there are no barriers to access, where people matter most.

We shape our service delivery, employment practices, policies and procedures to reflect the Trust’s values of:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Those values are at the centre of our culture and promotes our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in our services and our workplace.

There are a range of standards, guidelines and duties in place to support the organisation in its approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.  This includes the national Equality Delivery System (EDS2), the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and associated Equality Objectives and tools such as the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

Equality Delivery System (EDS2)

EDS2 is a tool for NHS organisations to review how they are performing against key areas in promoting equality and inclusion for people with any of the 9 protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The system provides a process for us to review our services and our organisation to ensure we provide equal access to people with protected characteristics.  The process relies on feedback from patients and staff.

Our EDS2 assessment will be published here alongside a questionnaire for you to give your views on areas for improvement or where we are performing well.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

WRES is an annual review of specific workforce information that enables the Trust to review how well it is ensuring that it provides a workplace that promotes equality.  The information gathered through the WRES is reviewed annually to identify any areas that require further action.  Information for 2017 will be published in August 2017 alongside an action plan outlining anything that needs to happen in order to address any areas where there is evidence of unfair treatment or access.

WRES 2016 

Equality impact assessments

We have undertaken a process to ensure that our policies services have been equality impact assessed.  This work is under review during 2017/18 and updated versions will be available once the review has been completed.

Equality Objectives

The Trust must publish equality objectives each year.  The areas for focus this year are:

  • Better Health Outcomes
    • Refresh and undertake engagement with patients and other stakeholders to check performance and experiences of care;
  • Patient Access and Experience
    • Establish data sources available to ensure evidence can be provided on access for people from the majority of protected characteristics;
  • A representative and supported workforce
    • Undertake an equal pay audit to meet the requirements of both EDS2 and national reporting;
  • Inclusive Leadership
    • Develop a process that enables the Board members to provide assurance that they are committed to equality within and beyond the organisation