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Equality - we will respect your rights, and make sure you can access our services


The Trust works to provide services that are available to anyone equally, and can be accessed without disadvantage by anyone we work with regardless of their diverse needs. We support the Derbyshire Equalities Charter. We respect human rights, and comply with the Human Rights Act 1998. We undertake Equalitiy Impact Assessments regularly. To find out more, visit our Trust Website

We work to a framework to support Inclusion and Equality, based around REGARDS:

  • Race & ethnicity
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Gender and gender identity
  • Age
  • Religion or belief
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation


The Trust also firmly believes that no-one should be disadvantaged if they have a mental health difficulty, and supports the ‘Time to Change’ campaign and others which challenge stigma and discrimination.

See the video"Why NOT talk about eating disorders?"

“You have the right not to be unlawfully discriminated against in the provision of NHS services including on grounds of gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability (including learning disability or mental illness) or age.” NHS Constitution

'I like having separate female only lounge.' Inpatient

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We have signed up to the Equalities Charter for Derbyshire Health Services, which says that:

The vision of the NHS in Derbyshire is to achieve equality, celebrate diversity, promote inclusion and embrace Human Rights as enshrined in the NHS Constitution and in line with the Public Sector General Equality Duty outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

We want our organisations to be personal, fair and diverse with equality of opportunity and equitable treatment for all.

Through implementing the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS), we will embed equalities into the cultures and behaviours of all of our organisations.

We will:

  • Promote and champion equality, diversity, inclusion and Human Rights

  • Recognise the equality challenges we face and work with our patients/service users, carers, communities and staff to tackle these in a proactive and positive way

  • Identify local needs and priorities, particularly those of groups at risk of disadvantage and discrimination

  • Facilitate the engagement of everyone in shaping local services to meet individual needs and achieve better outcomes

  • Help and support staff to understand the importance of personalisation, fairness and diversity in the planning and delivery of services

  • Provide an environment where staff can thrive, are confident to be themselves, feel valued and treat each other with fairness, dignity and respect

  • Work to ensure that all of our information, services and buildings are accessible for all

  • Show zero tolerance towards bullying, harassment, inappropriate language and behaviour, and encourage the reporting of all cases of discrimination

  • Acknowledge and value the work of all forums who help us deliver equality

  • Recognise and support the work of the Derbyshire Community Health Equality Panel in helping us measure progress against the charter.

The rights contained in the Human Rights Act:

  • Article 2: The right to life

  • Article 3: The right not to be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way

  • Article 4: The right to be free from slavery or forced labour

  • Article 5: The right to liberty

  • Article 6: The right to a fair trial

  • Article 7: The right not to be punished for something which was not illegal at the time it was carried out

  • Article 8: The right to respect for private and family life, home andcorrespondence

  • Article 9: The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

  • Article 10: The right to freedom of expression

  • Article 11: The right to freedom of assembly and association

  • Article 12: The right to marry and found a family

  • Article 14: The right not to be discriminated against in relation to any of these rights

  • Protocol 1, Article 1: The right to education

  • Protocol 1, Article 2: The right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions

  • Protocol 1, Article 3: The right to free elections

  • Protocol 13, Article 1: The right not to be subjected to the death penalty


The Equality and Human Rights Commission gives advice on equality law and practice

The British Institute of Human Rights works to raise awareness of human rights in the UK

Carers Human Rights guide produced by the British Institute of Human Rights

Human Rights in action - a toolkit for change. Learn about Human Rights

The Human Rights Act 1998

The Justice Department has a helpful description of the legal basis of Human Rights and a Guide for people with learning disabilities

Read about Our Human Rights stories

Liberty - Protecting Civil Liberties and Promoting Human Rights

Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights from BIHR

Personal Fair Diverse
Personal Fair Diverse

A personal, fair and diverse NHS

A personal, fair and diverse NHS is one where:

  • everyone counts
  • services are personal, designed to give patients what they want and need
  • fairness is built in- so that everyone has equal opportunities and treatment
  • the skills and experiences of employees from all backgrounds are used and valued
  • people can choose the services they want and have as much support as they need
  • everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and when they complain - we listen and put things right
  • talent flourishes and nothing stops people going as far as they want
  • we are accountable and patients are informed and have more control
  • care doesn’t stop at the door, but helps people live healthier lives.


NHS Employers are working with the Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) to encourage NHS staff to become champions. The aim is to create a vibrant network of champions who are committed to taking action, however small, to create a personal, fair and diverse NHS.

What could this mean in practice?

  • Here's some of the things you could do as a champion: 

    • learn more about the Equality Act develop your work to encourage positive steps to eliminate prejudice and discrimination
    • let your organisation know when you see things that don't feel right
    • talk to your colleagues about how your team can support a personal, fair and diverse NHS
    • share and spread good practice
    • support your organisation to deliver more inclusive services and workplace environments
    • recognise and acknowledge those people who make a difference and go that extra mile
    • raise your voice for others who find it difficult to make themselves heard.


To sign up as a Champion, see the website

Time to Change

The Trust believes no-one should be disadvantaged because of stigma or discrimination 

Time to Change Campaign

Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.

Make a pledge to help end stigma and read about pledges that have been made by other people and organisations.

Find out how schools can make a stand against mental health stigma

There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem. Small things can make a big difference – like being there to listen, keeping in touch and reminding the other person that you care. Have a conversation with someone about mental health - download some tips

Alzheimers and stigma

World Alzheimer's Month 

September 2012 marked the first global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2012 was Dementia: Living together.

Alzheimer associations across the world focused their activities on reducing the stigma associated with dementia and making communities more dementia-friendly by offering a range of programmes and events. Activities included educational seminars, workshops and enjoyable social events for people with dementia and their carers. Memory Walks took place in numerous countries with communities gathering to show their commitment to remembering those who they have lost and creating a society where people with dementia and their families can live without the fear of discrimination

The Alzheimers Association have information and advice about combatting stigma, including five tips to overcome stigma:

  • Be open and direct

  • Communicate the facts

  • Seek support and stay connected

  • Don't be discouraged

  • Be a part of the solution



See more about Sanes black dog campaign 

SANE's vision is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Normalising mental illness means that it will be perceived like any physical condition. The campaign will put mental health on the same level of importance as physical health: in terms of priority, range of treatments, funding, research and public understanding. SANE plans to reach and involve 500,000 people in support of the campaign aims:

  • Reduce stigma
  • Encourage more people to seek help
  • Engage members of the public
  • Create a new language for mental illness
  • Demonstrate the importance of research
  • Change attitudes of future generations


Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime

Going beyond stigma, this new free telephone helpline for people with learning disabilities who have been victims of disability hate crime has been launched. The new 24-hour free helpline, Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime, has been launched by hate crime support organisation Stop Hate UK in England and Wales.

Anybody who has experienced, witnessed or knows someone who is experiencing learning disability hate crime can contact the helpline on 0808 802 1155 for support and information. Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime is free to call from landlines and most mobiles and the number won’t show on a phone bill.

Calls to the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline will be answered by trained staff and volunteers, who understand the impact learning disability hate crime has on victims. Calls are confidential and callers will be asked whether they need on-going support. Referrals will be made where consent has been given by the victim.

Why NOT talk about eating disorders?

See the video"Why NOT talk about eating disorders?"

Poverty, Participation and Choice

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published 'Poverty, Participation and Choice' . This report revisits and extends the author's idea that poverty is less about the shortage of income and more about the inability of people on low incomes to participate actively in society. The research draws on original analysis of three large-scale UK datasets: 'Understanding Society', 'The Family Spending Survey' and the 'Millennium Cohort Study'. The analysis points to the existence of two social worlds divided by income. The poorest 30 per cent of the population have to choose between basic necessities and participation in social activities. For this group, additional income does not seem to improve living conditions or change lifestyle. In contrast, for the rest of the population, extra income translates into greater social participation and more evident consumption - the key to a 'good life'.


Read research about women in this research digest

Derby Women's Centre aim to empower women and reduce inequality by providing support and guidance in a safe and non-judgemental environment. They offer counselling, mental health and domestic violence support, advice services (including legal and debt/housing advice), courses/workshops and social and creative activities. All of their services are confidential and open to all women regardless of situation or background

Has the sisterhood forgotten older women? A compendium of essays

Criminal Justice

Guide launched to ensure women’s health and wellbeing needs are not missed by criminal justice staff. Mental health charity Together launched a new guide that offers professionals the tools to recognise and respond to the health and wellbeing needs of women offenders. Despite recommendations made in the 2007 Corston report, around 13,500 women are still sent to prison each year. More than half of these women have severe mental illness and the same proportion will have experienced domestic violence.Their complex and multiple needs are often overlooked by criminal justice staff, putting them at greater risk of re-offending.


"I'm good - thanks for asking" - mental health awareness video for men 

The role of men in gender equality

Older men's wellbeing

Religion or belief is a core part of many people's life and identity.

For more information about our Chaplaincy and Spirituality Service, click here

Derbyshire Friend

Derbyshire Friend provides the following support services: Tel: 01332207704 E-mail: info@gayderbyshire.org.uk

  • Lesbian, gay, Bisexual and Transgender Specialist Support and Advocacy Service, The Pavillion LGBT Centre, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF 

  • Women's zone for gay Bi and Trans women - every Tuesday 7.30 pm.

  • Transcend for Trans people 1st Wednesday from 6.30 - 9pm

  • Stand out for LGBT young people under 25 every Saturday from 1.30-5pm

  • Reach Out for gay, Bi and Trans men evry Thursday between 7.30 and 9.30 pm


LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month takes place every February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. The theme for 2013 was maths, science and engineering

Health Equality Index

Stonewall UK in it's report Healthcare Equality Index 2013 which measures progress on best quality treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, families and carers. The Index features high performing health organisations from across England committed to promoting equality for gay people. The report says that in a good healthcare organisation: 

  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and community members influence services

  • Policies drive change

  • Staff members understand the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual patients

  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are provided with the health information they need

  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are treated fairly

  • Research is used to ensure services meet lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s needs

  • People working in partnership

  • Diversity Champions lead the way



If you require any information about our policies please contact:

Freedom of Information
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Spiritual Care Referral Form

British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter Request Form 

Equality and Diversity- Department of Health

The Equalities Charter for Derbyshire Health Service

The Equality and Human Rights Commission gives advice on equality law and practice 

The British Institute of Human Rights works to raise awareness of human rights in the UK

The Social Inclusion Institute takes forward the work of the National Social Inclusion Programme

The Time to Change campaign challenges Mental Health discrimination

The Human Rights Act 1998

The Equality Act 2010 came into force from October 2010 providing a modern, single legal framework with clear, streamlined law to more effectively tackle disadvantage and discrimination

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual charity has published Meeting the needs of older lesbian gay and bisexual people: a guide for care and support services

Body - the Derbyshire based charity for body dysmorphia and Eating Disorders

Caring Conversations: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Carers

An introduction to Ramadan for the non-Muslim

Ramadan Health & Spirituality Guide

Race Equality in Mental Health Report

The Justice Department has a helpful description of the legal basis of Human Rights and a Guide for people with learning disabilities

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2012 Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report suggests that the 'low-pay, no-pay' jobs market keeps millions in poverty and holds the economy back. Researchers used a set of 50 indicators covering a wide range of issues, ranging from low income, worklessness and debt, to ill-health and education. The report reveals the extent of in-work poverty and the dynamic nature of poverty, and for the first time, the impacts of the current Government's policies on poverty and exclusion. It also examines welfare reform, who will be affected and what the impacts will be.

Ethics Tool Kit for medical students

This is Who we are: A study of the experiences of Rroma, Gypsy and Traveller children throughout England