Equality, diversity and human rights
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust works to ensure we provide equality of access to all of our patients and members of the public.
We are committed to furthering equality, diversity and human rights and reducing inequalities in health. In this section you can read more about how we do this and the documents and reports that are available to you that we use to monitor our work in this area.
Our role around Human Rights
The Human Rights Act 1998 provides service users with a vehicle through which they can ensure that their human rights are fully taken into account when decisions regarding access to treatment and services are taken. The Act also covers the right to life or quality of life by providing a mechanism for demanding life saving treatment and for non-life saving treatment where denial would have a severe impact upon the quality of that individuals life.
A good way to understand human rights is to see them as a vehicle for making principles such as dignity, equality, respect, fairness and autonomy central to our lived experience as human beings. These core principles are brought to life by a range of different human rights that make them real. The trust and other public bodies are obliged to respect human rights and in the service which we provide to you, can give these principles real meaning.
Principle and corresponding human right
- Dignity - Right not to be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way
- Equality - Right not to be discriminated against in the enjoyment of other human rights
- Respect - Right to respect for family and private life
- Fairness - Right to a fair trail
- Autonomy - Right to respect for private life.
If you have any questions regarding your treatment as a patient please contact the Patient Relations Manager on 01925 635911
Our role as an employer
As an employer the trust is committed to a vision of respect for the individual.We strive to promote diversity and equality of opportunity in employment, welcoming applications from all sectors of the community. We also hold the Positive about Disabilities Two Tick Employer Award which ensures that disabled people are not disadvantaged in the workplace. To apply for a role at Warrington and Halton Hospitals, please register at NHS Jobs by following the link to our current vacancies pages.
You can find the policies, tools and action plans we publish around this area of work below.
Equality at the hospitals
The trust sets out how it endeavours to meet the public sector equality duty via its Equality Duty Assurance Report. You can access this report below which was published in January 2016.
In order to meet the duty to publish Equality data under the Equality Act 2010, the trust reports quarterly on workforce and patient data, these reports are reviewed by the Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee. You can view last year's (2015) report here.
The workforce reports gives statistical information on our workforce profile showing the gender, age, ethnicity and other information of our staff and people who apply for roles with us
- Workforce Equality Assessment Report 2015
- Workforce Equality Assessment Report 2014
- Workforce Equality Assessment Report 2013
- Workforce Equality Assessment Report 2012
Equality Objectives and Strategy 2013-2017
Our equality objectives for 2013-2017 are based on engagement from stakeholders from protected groups. They are:
- Promote positive relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not.
- Develop data collection and equality profile reports for staff to cover all protected characteristics and publicise findings.
- In conjunction with the local community organisations that support people across the protected characteristics, undertake engagement and involvement activities, to facilitate stakeholder inclusion in the review, monitoring and planning of services, functions and policies.
- Progress the equality governance framework to provide assurance mechanisms for demonstrating equality duty adherence and embedding equality and human rights within mainstream functions.
- Services, information and resources can be accessed by all Patients and this is in evidence, across all the protected characteristics.
The objectives inform our inaugural Equality Strategy -
You can also view our Annual Equality Report 2016 - The equality report consists of an annual progress report on the objectives of the Equality Strategy for 2013-2017.
Equality Delivery System
In 2012-2013 the trust implemented the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS). EDS is the new performance equality framework designed by the Department of Health to demonstrate how NHS trusts meet their public sector equality duty and work with stakeholders from across the protected characteristics to measure equality outcomes.
In March 2016, HealthWatch Warrington, multiple stakeholders, governors and a staff panel assessed the equality performance of the trust against the EDS outcomes.
NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on July 31st 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.
This document aims to provide an Equality Analysis of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
Included in this analysis is an action plan that highlights next steps, further work, and the mitigation of any potential negative impacts identified.
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