We have a longstanding commitment to ensure our services and employment practices are fair, accessible and appropriate for everyone we serve.
Our aim is to provide an environment that is equally welcoming to people of all backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and religions.
We are required to publish equality information at least once a year about staff and service users affected by our decisions and policies. We also publish equality objectives at least every four years.
To read the Equality and Diversity Cultural Card for information on different cultures, please click here.
Equality Information Report October 2014 – September 2015
Equality Information Report for April - December 2014
Equality Information Report for 2013-14
Public Sector Equality Duty Compliance Report for 2013
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We serve diverse communities in Hertfordshire. This diversity is reflected in the profile of our patients and workforce, and brings many benefits.
Our equalities objectives set out our priorities to drive improvements in patient care, staff experience and reduce inequalities for our diverse workforce and patient population.
We are legally required to consider whether our services meet the needs of people regardless of their:
The trust has set seven high level equality objectives for 2016-2017 in accordance with the Equality Act (2010). following publication of the Trust’s first Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2015 and annual equality information report, a consultation process led to the identification of key equality objectives.
The objectives cover the areas the Trust has recognised require further action in order to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty, to:
Equality Objectives 2016-17:
Each of these objectives in turn is broken down into a series of actions which support the overall goal. The Trust's Action Plan sets out what the Trust will be doing to further each of these objectives over the course of the plan.
Our policies and practices are not used by everyone in the same way and do not effect everyone in the same way. Equality analysis is a tool which helps the Trust to understand the effects of its policies and practices on staff and patients, in order to identify any improvements or amendments that might be required.
Equality analysis helps us ensure we are meeting our duties under the Equality Act 2010, helping us to gather evidence of the impact of our policies and practices on different protected groups.
The Purple Star Strategy is a unique innovation developed by the Health Liaison Team at Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with key stakeholders and aimed to prevent people with learning disabilities being disadvantaged by a lack of understanding of their needs.
Our Special Care Dental Service has a Purple Star kite mark for delivering high quality care to patients with a learning disability.
As part of our work to build an inclusive culture at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust we are pleased to report on the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
The WRES requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against nine race equality indicators. It is intended to support the career development of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and ensure the Trust workforce is representative of the communities it serves.
Our aim is to create a workforce that is as diverse as it can be at all levels of the organisation, so that we are representative of the population we serve, and our working environment is free from discrimination.
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