Equality and Diversity

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.

Equality reports

Public Sector Equality Duty Report October 2019 - September 2020

Public Sector Equality Duty Report October 2018 - September 2019

Public Sector Equality Duty Report October 2017 - September 2018

Public Sector Equality Duty Report 2017

Public Sector Equality Duty report October 2015 - September 2016

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

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 hct.communications@nhs.net

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 12.2%, against a current national mean of 17.1%. 

The median hourly pay for women is 2.2% less than men. This compares favourably to the national median hourly pay where women earn 17.9% less than men.

For more information on how the figures break down, see the full report.

Please see below for our previous reports

Equality & Community Engagement Forum

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.

Improving the care of people with learning disabilities

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.

The Purple Star Practice magazine

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.

For our latest 2019-2020 WRES Report and Plan please click here.

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2019

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2018

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2017

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2016

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2015

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

The Trust is committed to improve disability equality. Our WDES report and action plan are published available to see with actions to address and promote disability equality.

Our first WDES report approved by the Trust board in July 2019 is available to download below.

Workforce Disability Equality Standard Report 2019
Workforce Disability Equality Action Plan 2019/2020