Equality, diversity and human rights

Our commitment to equality and diversity

We are committed to equality and diversity for our staff and patients. This means that we aim to create a fairer society, that is equally accessible to all, while recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense.

By working closely with community groups and Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group we are continuously looking at ways we can improve our services to meet the needs of the local community. We believe that any form of discrimination whether it is based on age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or religion is unacceptable and will be dealt with swift and appropriate action.

We have a zero tolerance culture to any form of abuse and violence (verbal/physical) and any violation of this policy may effect employment for staff, and ability to visit or be treated for general members of the public.

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Equality Act 2010

Introduced in October 2010 and simplified and harmonised previous equality legislation. The Act provides a frame work for removing discrimination in UK society. The Act places public sector organisation under duties to demonstrate how they are promoting and delivering equality.

Click here to see the wording of the Act.

Click here for guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in relation to codes of practice for employment and service delivery.

Human Rights Act 1998

Fully enacted by 2000, the Human Rights Act ensures that a minimum standard of living can be guaranteed for all those residing in the UK. This Act localises the rights written in the European Convention on Human Rights (1950), and all UK laws must be compatible with the Act.

Click here to see the wording of the Act.

Gender Recognition Act 2004

The Act provides people who are transitioning from their birth gender to their acquired gender, full legal recognition and safeguards to protect their privacy.

Click here to see the wording of the Act.

Health and Social Care Act

The Act details how health and social care will be delivered in the UK.

Click here to see the wording of the Act.

Professional codes of conduct

he values of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights have been enshrined into the ethos and conduct of all health professionals and promotes delivering practice that meets the patient’s individual needs. For further information on the codes of conduct for registered professionals, please click on the links below.

NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service.

It also explains what you can do to help support the NHS, help it work effectively, and help ensure that its resources are used responsibly.

The constitution is underpinned by existing legislation, regulatory requirements and professional standards.
Click here for an easy read version of the constitution

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Our equality policies

Our guidelines

Acas guidelines

The below guidelines are produced by Acas and relate to our role as an employer.

As an NHS trust, we have a responsibility under the Accessible Information Standard to offer reasonable adjustments to support people with disabilities or sensory loss to fully understand the information we give to them.

We continue to work to meet the core requirements of the standard for everyone we provide care for: patients, service users, carers and parents.

What we offer

We offer a range of services to help you get the most from your appointment or stay in hospital:

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If your requirements are not being met, please let us know so we can fix this. Please contact your clinicians in the first instance, or contact either Barbara.Harris@bsuh.nhs.uk or Simon.Anjoyeb@bsuh.nhs.uk if you require more support.

About monitoring and why we do it

Monitoring is a process of collecting and analysing diversity data for service user / patients and workforce. It provides clear indicators as to how equitable an organisation is. Under equality legislation, we are duty bound to undertake this process.

Monitoring data is held in the strictest of confidence and bound by strict data protection laws and guidelines. The data is reported on a purely statistical basis and will not be traceable to the originating source.Public sector organisations can use monitoring to ensure they are targeting their services correctly; this also has a huge impact on funding by ensuring that the correct amount of funding is diverted to relevant services. It also helps us to measure whether our workforce is reflective of the communities we serve, and to assess the impact of our policies and procedures on certain groups of people.

The team

The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) team are responsible for looking at current equality and human rights legislation, and making it real by incorporating it into everyday practice. This takes the form of comprehensive training packages, trustwide projects, initiatives and a specialist advice service.

The team deal with all elements of fair practices, discrimination and human rights issues relating to: age, civil partnership and marriage, disability, gender, gender identity, maternity and pregnancy status, religion or belief (this includes non-belief) and sexual orientation.

Contact details

Barbara Harris
Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

01273 696955 extn. 67251

Simon Anjoyeb
Equality Project Manager
01273 696955 extn. 64135

Olivia King
Equality and Inclusion Advisor
01273 696955 extn. 64685