Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting the Trust value of ‘respect’. The Trust values are embedded within the Trust’s five strategic goals and its mission statement: “To improve people’s lives by minimising the impact of mental ill-health or a learning disability”
Equal care for all
It doesn’t matter who you are, what kind of background you are from or what kind of relationship you’re in, you’ll still get the same quality care and treatment from TEWV.
Our ‘equal care for all’ campaign promotes a message of inclusivity in the health care that we deliver. The campaign started back in 2012 and is ongoing.
We recognise that there can be many different types of family, for example same sex couples with children, single parents, families from different religions, backgrounds and race, extended biological families who may be providing care to their loved ones of a variety of ages. At TEWV we believe that equality and respect are essential if we are to fully promote and value the wellbeing of service users and staff.
Our approach to equality and diversity
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is committed to actively recognising and promoting equality and diversity. The Trust believes in making every effort to be a fair and unbiased organisation. Further to this, the Trust aspires to be an organisation that embraces and values people, recognising the benefits that diversity brings to the Trust both as an employer and in the delivery of services.
Negative behaviour can have a direct impact on patient experience. A lack of compassion, poor attitude or bullying is a destructive element within any team or organisation where it exists. It also contributes significantly to workplace stress.
As a public body within the NHS the Trust expects a continuous and exemplary commitment from all staff regardless of pay grade or position, taking a proactive approach to equality, diversity, human rights and the care quality commission’s essential standards of quality and safety.
As an employer the Trust is developing an organisational culture in which diversity is valued and staff are able to promote equality and challenge unlawful harassment, discrimination and bullying.
We do this to ensure that staff, service users and their carers receive fair and equal treatment throughout their employment or their care.
The Trust has an ‘equality and diversity steering group’ which is chaired by a non executive director. The group meets quarterly to progress the Trust’s equality and diversity agenda. We also have a diversity champions programme which includes staff from a wide variety of roles and who have many different skills and abilities.
The Trust’s diversity champions programme includes clinical staff and managers with a variety of skills and specialist knowledge. The champions work with the Trust’s equality and diversity team to develop an inclusive culture and service delivery at TEWV. Champions undergo diversity training to raise their awareness on equality and diversity issues. They are then able to put this into practice within their own role. It’s another way to ensure that TEWV staff can meet the needs of our service users.
The Equality Act 2010
The Trust takes a proactive approach to equality and diversity and gives fair and equal consideration to all nine protected characteristics.
The public sector equality duty requires all public authorities, including the Trust to demonstrate ‘due regard’ both as an employer and as a health care provider.
The Trust will continue to complete equality analyses on policies, functions, strategies and services. We believe that this is essential, especially if we are to monitor the Trust’s impact on equality. Equality analyses have been carried out on all Trust policies and procedures and can be found here.
Publication of information
The Trust publishes information that demonstrates how it complies with the three aims of the public sector equality duty. This information is published annually and can be read here.
The specific duties require the Trust to publish information to show progress on its equality objectives. The workforce monitoring document contains a range of quantitative information demonstrating the trusts progress in relation to employment. The annual staff survey also demonstrates how the trust has made significant progress and the staff survey action plan shows the actions that have been put in place to make improvements.
TEWV's Equality Strategy 2013 - 2016
The Trust must set and publish equality objectives every four years. The Trust has published seven equality objectives. The objectives form part of the Trust’s equality strategy. If you are interested in reading more about our equality objectives you can do so by accessing our equality strategy here. NHS Equality Delivery System
The equality delivery system (EDS) was designed for the NHS to help organisations improve equality performance and embed equality into mainstream NHS business. The EDS is seen as a way for NHS organisations to meet the requirements of the equality act 2010. The EDS is based on a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals:
- Better health outcomes for all
- Improved patient access and experience
- Empowered, engaged and included staff
- Inclusive leadership at all levels
These outcomes focus on the major priorities for patients, carers, the public, local communities, NHS staff and boards.
On completion of the EDS and the outcomes the Trust’s performance is analysed and graded. The final grades are then approved by health watch.
You can read a copy of the Trust's EDS here
A summary of the EDS is here
An easy read version of the EDS is here
The Trust is not complacent and we know there is still much work to do. We will continue to work with service users, carers, staff, other organisations and members of the public to ensure that we are consistently fair, and that our services meet the needs of our diverse communities.
This can only be achieved by working together to eliminate inequality wherever it exists and to promote fairness and inclusion in everything we do. This includes:
- Access to Trust services
- Provision of Trust services
- Delivery of Trust services
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to deliver ‘equal care for all’.
The Trust has achieved the investors in people standard, signed the mindful employer charter and participates in the stonewall diversity champions programme.