Equality and diversity

We are committed to ensuring equality and diversity and eliminating discrimination across all our services.

We are committed to the values of equality and diversity, and eliminating discrimination across the delivery of all of our community and mental health services and along with our internal staff processes.

We are all individual and unique with lots of different aspects such as our ethnicity, age, gender, religion/beliefs, sexuality, learning styles, communication needs, and physical abilities. Then add to this other things such as our personal experiences, background and the influence of the places that we live. 

Our Trust covers 15 boroughs that vary in their diversity. For example, in Greater Manchester there is more diversity of ethnicity. In 2011 Knowsley had the highest proportion of people reporting to be Christians at 80.9 per cent. Sometimes where there is less diversity, it can make differences feel more acute. We hope to help everyone be true to themselves and that any barriers someone has experienced can be acknowledged and gone through.

Community services mean a wide variety of services including health visiting, district nursing, speech and language therapies. It is important to us that our services are accessible to every member of our communities. That may mean that in order to meet individual needs, we sometimes need to offer our services slightly differently.  For example, due to religion reasons or other beliefs, we may need to explain vaccination options and offer alternatives where possible.

What we experience in life can sometimes affect us negatively and cause us to need help and support from mental health services. Mental health is likely to affect one in four at any one time (Mind UK). Bullying and harassment including subtle comments and actions can have a negative impact on our self-esteem, our confidence to speak up and greatly impact on our lives. Many people report that they are continually judged by their real or perceived ethnicity, sexuality, disability or gender. This can be emotionally painful and dehumanising. We want everyone to feel respected, feel able to share personal information safely, and be able to seek the help they need. Understanding everyone's difference is the first step in proving the best care and support for the people we see.

The values we hold around equality, human rights and inclusion are central to our policy making, service delivery, employment practices and community involvement. 

The Equality Act 2010
This UK legislation introduces the main equality duties public sector bodies and employers must follow. The Public Sector Equality Duty states that public sector organisations must act to :
  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Create good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
The act refers to the protected characteristics, these are the aspects of ourselves that are protected by law. The law protects people if they are discriminated against due to:
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
For service users we can make communication adjustments for those with sensory loss such as provide a British sign language interpreter. We also provide translation and interpretation for those who speak non-English languages.

As an employer, we also have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled staff.

Further information
For more information contact our Equality Diversity and Inclusion on 01925 664 061.

Visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website to view the full Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Details of the Trust demographic data can be found in the annual report.

More information about the Accessible Information Standard including a BSL video.

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