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Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Inclusion is about an individual's experience within the workplace and in wider society and the extent to which they feel valued and included.
The Trust commits to:
The Equality Delivery System is a nine step process to support commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. It was designed by the NHS for the NHS to improve services and delivery and embed equality practices into everyday NHS business.
Within each goal there are a set of outcomes which the Trust will be graded against by various community groups in Rotherham. Over the next four months we will be meeting with local community groups, staff and patients to gather information and feedback around their experience of using our services. This data will be used to determine the Trust grading in line with the EDS standards and we will then produce an action plan based on the result of this grading. The EDS grading system will be critical in supporting the organisation to gauge its current position and the continuous progress we need to make in order to embed equality into the mainstream business.
The EDS covers all those people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. There are nine characteristics in total: