Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week
NHS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week runs from Monday, May 13, to Friday, May 17, 2013, and is coordinated by the NHS Employers organisation. The Week is designed to help the NHS raise awareness about its commitment to equality and diversity, and to share and celebrate excellence.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO Day)
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust proudly supports the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) which is celebrated every May 17. It is coordinated by the Paris based "IDAHO Committee" founded and presided by French academics, Louis-Georges Tin. The day aims to coordinate international events to call respect for lesbians and gays worldwide. For more information please visit Stonewall website here.
Equality and Human Rights
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is fully committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights and achieving the elimination of unlawful discrimination as defined within the Equality Act 2010. It is our duty and that of the Trust's Board to implement our equality duties.
This will be achieved by ensuring that the Trust evidences how it values equality, diversity and human rights and that evidence of good equality outcomes runs through all aspects of service planning, service delivery and employment. The publication of our equality objectives
(for the next four years from 6 April 2012) and supporting information, reflects our commitment to adopting the EDS (Equality Delivery System) approach.
Objective setting represents a positive process which evidences that equality and inclusion will consistently underpin all aspects of leadership and service planning as we at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust also begin to roll out working collaboratively to exceed compliance with our legal responsibilities across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT Cluster and the developing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
To make our vision a reality, we are determined to promote equality of access to information, services, premises and training and identify and eliminate any inequalities in everything we do. We also reaffirm our commitment to ensure that our patients and our own staff are treated (and staff treat each other) fairly, with dignity and respect and staff are each afforded equality of opportunity to develop to their full potential. For more information please download our Equality Diversity and Human Rights Policy.
Examples of Best Practice
The Trust has several active staff equality networks which are based on protected characteristics, including LGBT, BME, Disabled and a Staff Carers Group. These groups provide valuable support to the development of policies, service design and act as a critical friend in context of equality of opportunity and access to services.
Meeting our Equality duty
As public sector organisations, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicester City PCT and Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT are statutorily required to ensure that diversity, equality and human rights are embedded into all our functions and activities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution. In the exercise of our functions we will have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
This means that each Trust board and its employees should:
- Work towards removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- Encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
Our aim is to uphold these aims and to close the gap in health inequalities.
Human Rights are based on the FREDA principles: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy’. (EHRC). Human rights protect an individual’s freedom to control their day-to-day life, and effectively participate in all aspects of public life in a fair and equal way.
Human rights help individuals to flourish and achieve potential through:
- being safe and protected from harm
- being treated fairly and with dignity
- being able to live the life you choose
- taking an active part in your community and wider society.
Intrinsic to these statements are the principles of equality and diversity.
Visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website for useful resources and information.
Getting it right
To improve the work we do we undertake Equality Analysis (Due Regard) to ensure that we are actively promoting equality. Please visit our Due Regard page for more information.
Interpretation and Translation Services
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), has an important role to play in reducing health inequalities yet, in some cases, the people most in need of health care have the most difficulty accessing it (DoH, 2008). Many of our patients and their carers require alternative methods of communication. This includes people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment, those that are blind or have visual impairments, those who have a head injury or learning difficulties and those who don't use English as their first language.
We can arrange for interpreters to help you and us in making sure you receive the best care to meet your needs. If you would like an interpreter, please let a member of staff know, or tell your GP if they are making an appointment for you.
Range of Services available
Face to Face
This is ideal for long complex appointments where detailed explanations are needed.
Instant Telephone Interpreting
Ideal for when only short consultations are needed with a quick response. This service is also ideal for emergencies as the calls will be connected in a minute or less.
British Sign Language
This service is also provided by local signers booked through Pearl Linguistics.
Any relevant type of document can be translated ranging from a word file to a whole website.
Translated posters and leaflets are also available throughout the organisation to assist non English speaking visitors identify to staff what their native language is, so that the correct interpreter can be obtained.
Your Comments, Suggestions and Further Information
The Equality and Human Rights Team welcomes your views, comments and suggestions on the Equality and Diversity section of this website.
Please forward these, together with requests for further information, to firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively please visit our contacts page for further options.