Equality, diversity and inclusion

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is committed to ensuring diversity is recognised and equality is embedded at the heart of everything we do, whether this be for staff, patients, carers or visitors to our trust.

This statement explains our current position in relation to our trust meeting the statutory requirement with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which arises from the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011.

What we do

Equality, diversity and human rights issues have always been firmly on the agenda of the trust. The trust has in place our people strategy which sets out our commitment and direction in relation to our whole equality, diversity and human rights agenda. Through the work we do on equality and diversity we seek to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • foster good relations between different groups
  • seek to improve existing practices and embed new initiatives and enhance our equality and diversity activity

The trust’s commitment stems right from the top of the organisation with the director of workforce and education Alan Sheppard chairing the trusts workforce committee which steers on all Equality and Diversity activity.

The workforce committee is supported by the equality and diversity working group which comprises leads from each protected characteristic. The trust is a member of the regional equality, diversity and human rights group that meet monthly. Therefore ensuring any regional and national issues are fed directly from this group to the trust working group and workforce committee.

Through these groups we have developed, implemented and monitored the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

The trust produces an annual report on equality and diversity. You can find copies of our reports below on this page.

The trust continues working on ensuring policies and services are appropriately equality impact assessed through the equality impact assessment processes within the trust.


Continuing the good work

The equality delivery system (EDS) is a tool to help assess how well embedded equality, diversity and human rights are within our organisation’s systems and processes.

The EDS is the first time the NHS has tried to introduce a systematic framework to equality, diversity and human rights. It is a whole systems approach which basically means that it tries to avoid being just a tick box process. More importantly it will to capture the essence and spirit of both the Equality Act and the Health and Social Care Bill by focusing less on process and more on outcomes.

In this respect, the framework is dependent upon good engagement with both staff and patients and their active involvement in the rating and grading of NHS organisations.

As a trust we have engaged with staff, patients and service users in relation to our grading on the 18 outcomes detailed within the equality delivery system.

The outcomes of these actions (EDS grading) have assisted us in agreeing, in partnership with staff, patients and service users, what our equality objectives should be over the forthcoming years.

Equality objectives

The trust equality objectives are;

  1. to engage with patients, local community and stakeholders, in line with the requirements of EDS2, to ensure effective provision of services
  2. to enable staff to work alongside patients and carers to determine realistic, reasonable adjustments to deliver safe, effective care to people with literacy problems, learning difficulties and dementia
  3. to promote equity, diversity and Inclusion within the trust
  4. to explore and reduce discrimination experienced by staff as identified via the staff survey through the development of proactive measures and support mechanisms to be implemented trustwide

This is not to say that any other issue requiring action will be overlooked. Additional actions that have been identified through the consultation process with staff, patients and service users will be addressed and monitored through the trust equality and diversity working group and the workforce committee.

We welcome comments about our approach to equality and diversity and on how accessible you found the information on equality and diversity and how we could improve on this for next year. Please share your comments with our equality and diversity service lead, Sally Thompson on 01642 383984 or email sally.thompson6@nth.nhs.uk. Alternatively, should you have a staffing or workforce related comment you can contact assistant director of workforce Michelle Taylor on 01642 624025 or email michelle.taylor@nth.nhs.uk

Health and Wellbeing

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is committed to ensuring inclusivity and wellbeing is at the heart of all that we do whether this is for staff, patients, carers or visitors to our Trust.

Our Pledge

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting the physical and mental health and well-being of the local population, including our staff – supporting mind and body together. The Trust pledges to raise awareness of mental health, promote positive attitudes towards mental health and challenge any stigma towards mental health issues, providing a workplace in which staff can come together and thrive.

The Trust will:

  • Provide information and raise awareness of mental well-being
  • Provide opportunities for employees to look after their mental well-being
  • Develop skills in managers to promote the mental well-being of staff and recognise and deal effectively with mental health issues and stress
  • Ensure inclusion and opportunity for all

Equality and diversity annual reports

Equality objectives

Equality delivery system

Staff survey

Facility time publication

Workforce Profile

Workforce race equality standard

Workforce disability equality standard

Please note that if you would like any of this information in another format please contact our Governance And Experience Manager Cordelia Wilson on 01642 383576 or email Cordelia.Wilson@nth.nhs.uk