Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
'Equal but Different'
NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is committed to commissioning the very best care for the diverse population we serve, recognising that services need to be designed with equality, diversity and human rights at the core of business and decision making.
We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of outcomes for our diverse population. We aim to do this by ensuring that the values underpinning equality, diversity and human rights are central to our policy making, service planning, employment practices and commissioning.
For our staff, we recognise and value difference, and aim to create a working culture and practices that recognise, respect, and value difference for the benefit of the organisation and the individual.
We work to a number of statutory and policy drivers, which underpin the Equality and Diversity Agenda. The main pieces of legislation and policy drivers are set out below.
When we think about making changes to our services or policies, it is important that we fully consider the impact that it may have on all of our population groups, along with how it may positively or negatively affect other environmental factors, such as climate change. In order to fulfil this statutory requirement, we have a robust Integrated Impact Assessment tool, which is used by our teams to assess the impact their proposed change to a service or policy may have with regards to equality, quality, safety and climate change.
This resource is available to NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin employees here
Our Duties and Responsibilities
As a public sector organisation, we must comply with specific equality duties that require it to evidence how it pays due regard to the needs of diverse and vulnerable groups in the exercising of its responsibilities.
For the purposes of this strategy, this includes compliance with the Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998, and relevant sections of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.