Welcome to our equality, diversity and human rights page.
Equality, diversity and human rights
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recognises that to deliver good equality practices and to provide equal opportunity for everyone, equality and diversity must be embedded within our day to day running of the hospitals.
As a public authority we also have legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality with due regard to the protected characteristics of:
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
It is important that that we ensure the needs of patients, visitors and staff are met when designing and delivering our services, irrespective of their protected characteristic.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 creates a new general duty on the NHS when carrying out its functions to have due regard to:
- The need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- The need to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
- The need to foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not
One of the ways we assure that we are doing this at Western Sussex Hospitals is by publishing an annual Equality and Diversity Performance Report. Click here to view the WSHFT Equality Report 2017
The Trust uses Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) as a tool for ensuring that equality and social inclusion are considered when drawing up policies or proposals that affect the delivery of services and the employment practices of the Trust.
EIA’s also are used to remind all involved in delivering services of the Trust’s determination to promote equality.
Networks for staff
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is proud to have protected characteristic networks available for staff.
It currently has a Disability Forum, a Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay & Transgender (LGBT) Network and a Celebrating Cultures group.
The purpose of these groups is to provide a mechanism for staff to have a voice and ensure that equality awareness is raised throughout the Trust.
The groups each meet regularly with their chairs reporting directly to the strategic Diversity Matters Steering Group, which is chaired by the Chief Executive.
Equality Delivery System
In 2011, Western Sussex Hospitals adopted the Equality Delivery System (EDS) for the NHS.
The main purpose of the EDS was, and remains, to help local NHS organisations, in discussion with local partners including local people, review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.
By using the EDS, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the public sector Equality Duty (PSED).
This year the Trust will be continuing this work by adopting NHS England’s EDS2 which is a refreshed version of the original EDS.
Implementation of EDS2 is a requirement on both NHS commissioners and NHS providers. Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will follow the implementation of EDS2 in accordance with the ‘9 steps for EDS2 implementation’ as outlined in this guidance document. Please click here for further information on EDS2.
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report
This Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust requires organisations employing the NHS workforce to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality.
- Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report 2017
- WRES Reporting Template 2017
- Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report 2016
- Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report 2015
For further information contact:
Organisational Development Manager
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mobile: 07795 591399
Worthing Hospital: 01903 205111 extension 84025