Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Our Commitment

The Trust recognises the diversity and difference that exist within our workforce and the communities we serve across, Pontefract, Wakefield and the North Kirklees area. We will seek to ensure that in the delivery of our services we give proper regard to the needs diverse groups within our workforce and these communities.

We are committed to promoting inclusive practices in our day to day interactions with all our patients, carers, visitors and staff with respect to race, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, mental or physical disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, age, maternity or social class.

In line with our Vision and values we will strive to treat all patients, carers, visitors and staff with ‘Respect’ and dignity at all times, to put ‘Caring’ at the heart of everything we do, to ensure that ‘High Standards’ of patient services and experience are provided at all times and ‘Improving’ what we do is our constant ambition.

This is not a new commitment on the part of the Trust; it is a restatement of our continuing efforts to recognise diversity, embrace difference and engage the workforce and local communities as we go about our business.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2016-20

In 2016 we developed an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the Trust to provide a framework for threading EDI into core business activities. The strategy, which describes the national and local drivers and establishes 5 new Equality Objectives for 2016 – 2020, is available here:  EDI Strategy 2016-2020 [pdf] 385KB

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

An EDI Action Plan covering service and workforce issues was agreed by the Trust’s Workforce and Quality Committees at the start of 2015/16. In developing the action plan consideration was given to requirements:

  • Requirements placed on the Trust by the Equality Act 2010, including the Public Sector Equality Duty set out in Section 149
  • The need to implement the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) in line with requirements first introduced in the NHS Standard Contract for 2105/16
  • The need to implement the health and social care Accessible Information Standard (AIS) for people with disabilities, by August 2016

Reports on progress against the EDI Action Plan were provided to the Workforce and Quality Committees on a regular basis during the course of the year.  These have now been summarised in an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report 2015/16 which is available here: EDI AR 2015_16 [pdf] 203KB


Accessing information about EDI in the Trust

Below are links to a range of information on how the Trust is progressing its approach to EDI and responding to the Public sector Equality Duties:

If you cannot find the information you are looking for using the links above, if you have any further questions or if you want to explore matters further, contact Gordon Smith, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, via email at gordon.smith@midyorks.nhs.uk or by telephone on 01924 543551.