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.
Reports can be made available in different formats such as large print, Braille, audio version or in alternative languages. Please contact our Communication Department at email@example.com
Gender pay gap reporting
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is required by law to carry out gender pay reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.
The gender pay gap between men and women working at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is currently 14.1%, against a current national mean of 17.4%.
The median hourly pay for women is 1.0% less than men. This compares favourably to the national median hourly pay where women earn 18.4% less than men.
Further work is required to understand why there are more men in certain senior roles than women, not just the differences in pay when people are actually in these roles.
For more information on how the figures break down, see the full report.
We serve diverse communities in Hertfordshire. This diversity is reflected in the profile of our patients and workforce and brings many benefits.
Our Equality and Community Engagement Forum is where we meet and plan service improvements with a wide range of representatives from community organisations in Hertfordshire. The principle of community engagement is an essential component of our patient experience strategy and approach. Community and Engagement Forum members include representatives from the Herts Interfaith Forum, the deaf community, Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Hertfordshire (GATE), Terrence Higgins Trust/Herts AID, Carers in Herts, Healthwatch Hertfordshire, Community Development Action and MIND. The Forum has a positive and progressive atmosphere where diversity is embraced and difficult issues are discussed.
During 2017/18, the Forum has finalised and implemented an easy-read application form for people with learning disabilities, enabling them to apply for jobs at HCT. The Forum has also worked with the Looked After Children/Care Leavers' team to review how job opportunities with HCT for care leavers can be increased.
The Forum has heard presentations from several groups throughout the year, including HCT's End of Life and Specialist Palliative Care team and Carers in Herts to better understand the needs of patients, their families and carers at different stages in their life and discuss how working collaboratively can have a positive impact on the local community.
Our Equality Action Plan sets out our priorities to drive improvements in patient care and staff experience for people with protected characteristics.
In May 2017, HCT established a task and finish group to bring together Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment (GATE) Hertfordshire with other health and social care organisations. GATE has provided a strong voice to identify the most pressing issues related to improving the health of gypsy and traveller people and to help identify core areas for change. GATE's increased level of trust in HCT has allowed us to facilitate dialogue with other health and social care partners. This programme of work - set out in our GATE strategy for 2018-19 - is focused on implementing practical steps to build community capacity and support self-management. Examples of work to date include a focus on end of life care, launching a work experience scheme, training for carers of people with dementia and identifying and supporting people at risk of domestic abuse.
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.
Our Learning Disability Action Plan for 2017-19 sets out our priorities for improving care for people with learning disabilities.
NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
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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