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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.

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

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.

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REGARDS is our way of remembering the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010. Race, Gender (sex) & Gender Reassignment, Age, Religion or Belief, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, and Pregnancy & Maternity

Working with REGARDS and respect is one way of putting our Trust vision "promote health and wellbeing of all communities” into practice. Our organisation is committed to promoting equality, good relationships and ensuring that no one is excluded because of who they are, in our service delivery and in our workforce.

Equality is about tackling historical barriers of exclusion and disadvantage, which can be experienced by particular groups of REGARDS people.

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