Equality and Human Rights
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust together with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network support Leicester Pride 2013. For more details please click here. The Trust Leaders and Board have also endorsed an LGBT commitment to ensure equality for all.
Welcome to Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) Equality, Diversity and Human Rights home page. LPT is committed to ensuring equality and diversity is central to the way we deliver healthcare services to our patients and support staff to deliver those services by meeting patient needs.
Our aim is to eliminate health inequalities and promote equal access for all.
The Trust serves the diverse communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and strives to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.
Our commitment is to promote equality and diversity in the delivery of our services and towards creating a workforce that is representative of the population we serve. One example of Trust proactive work to reduce health inequalities is 'Our Commitment for LGBT Equality for all', which has been signed by the Chair of the Trust Board and Senior management Team. Click here for more details.
As a provider of mental health and learning disability services, we are aware of the problems and distress caused by stigma, perception and discrimination. We believe we have a collective duty to tackle and promote more positive attitudes and behaviour.
The Trust has an obligation, under the Equality Act 2010; general and specific duties, to ensure equality of opportunity as well as a patient-centred vision of healthcare. In order to achieve this high level, quality of service, the needs of all people within our communities must be considered and responded to.
We always welcome opportunities to improve our service information to support our workforce and service users. If you want to become involved or have any suggestions on how we may improve this site then please contact:
Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
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 Human Rights 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.