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Equality, diversity and human rights

Welcome to our equality, diversity and human rights page.

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:

  • Age
  • Race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin
  • Disability (includes physical and mental health conditions)
  • Gender reassignment
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Pregnancy, maternity or paternity
  • Religion or belief

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 2018 

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.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

On 29 March 2019, we published our second Gender Pay Report for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Gender Pay Gap legislation requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap as at 31 March 2017. The information obtained from the Electronic Staff record (ESR) system has also been submitted to the Governments Gender Pay Gap reporting website.


For further information contact:

Nikki Kriel
Organisational Development Manager
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Email: Nikki.Kriel@wsht.nhs.uk
Mobile: 07795 591399
Worthing Hospital: 01903 205111 extension 84025


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