We are committed to ensuring that no job applicant, employee, service user, carer or member of the public is discriminated against, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of:
We want a culture of diversity, fairness and equality for all our employees, potential employees, service users, carers and members of the public. We do this by valuing and celebrating individual differences. This will in turn improve the services we provide and help us on our journey to become a pro-equity organisation. We are proud to be Stonewall Diversity Champions.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy covers all aspects of employment including vacancy advertising, the recruitment and selection process, training, conditions of service and termination of employment. To ensure that the policy is operating effectively, the Trust will maintain records of employees' and applicants' age, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy/maternity status, marriage/civil partnership status, sex/gender and disability.
We have a People Committee which coordinates and supports implementation and development of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and associated equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Directorate equality groups, along with our thriving staff networks and equality, diversity and inclusion steering groups, also function across the Trust to drive improvements in employment, service delivery, community engagement and accessibility for 'seldom heard' communities.
Part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan is to ensure that the composition of our workforce reflects not only the community we serve but also our service users. In reaching this goal we will strive to meet the following challenges:
We have a number of equality, diversity and inclusion networks which provide an opportunity for diverse groups of staff to discuss equality related issues, share good practice, and contribute to Trust policy. These include the:
We also have a network of over 90 EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Ambassadors who acts as supporters, champions, and ambassadors for colleagues, helping them share their own voice.
The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any post advertised, providing the applicant has indicated on the application that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. This includes hidden disabilities such as Dyslexia, Autism and Mental Health Issues.
The Trust promotes and supports the employment of people who use our services. As a matter of good practice, we have service user and carer representation in our recruitment processes. For service users who use BSL as their first language this information may be useful (this includes details to our SignVideo Video Relay Service.