Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion underpins our commitment to person centred care for people who access services, their carers, friends and Families and for our people who work at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.
Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 puts various requirements on NHS organisations when exercising their functions. The general duty requires NHS organisations to have due regard to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- foster good relations between different groups
By publishing relevant equality information it is hoped that it will make public boards more transparent about their decision-making processes and accountable to people who access CWP services. It also aims to give the public the information they need to be able to hold public bodies accountable for their performance on equality.
Personal Fair and Diverse Practice
We remain committed to delivering personal, fair and diverse services for communities across the whole of the Trust’s geographic footprint. We recognise the different needs of communities and always look to develop services in line with this principle to ensure the care we provide is accessible to all. We believe passionately in creating positive and diverse workplaces for all our staff. We recognise the value employees from all backgrounds bring to their role and the importance of having teams that reflect the diversity of the community they serve.
Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010)
The public sector equality duty (the equality duty) is made up of a general equality duty which is supported by specific duties. The equality duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The equality duty came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
The Equality Act 2010
In October 2010 the Equality Act came into effect. Prior to this time there had been over 100 pieces of legislation covering equalities protections and alongside them there are three associated public duties for race, gender and disability. The Equality Act has nine protected characteristics defined as:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
- Sexual Orientation
The NHS Rainbow Pin Badge Initiative
Have you spotted our NHS rainbow badges?
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) have signed up to the national rainbow badge initiative, reinforcing the Trust's commitment to being a diverse and inclusive employer and care provider.
The initiative, which originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital, gives colleagues a simple, visual way to show that CWP offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive support for all people who identify as LGBT+ and their families and friends.
Colleagues are being encouraged to sign up for the scheme and pledge their support, sending a positive message that we offer open, non-judgmental and inclusive support and care for all.
To support the initiative, CWP has launched a training programme to provide colleagues wearing the badges with the knowledge and awareness to support LGBT+ people with any issues they may face.
Accessible Information Standard
Accessible Information – the ‘Accessible Information Standard’ – directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
By 1 April 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must identify and record information and communication needs with service users:
- At the first interaction or registration with their service
- As part of on-going routine interaction with the service by existing service users.
BAME+ (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) network
CWP is committed to eliminating all forms of racism. Our Network for people from BAME+ communities has produced a sketchnote to communicate its work and this has been shared widely within the Trust and on our internet website.
It is a living document, as things change it will be developed and amended moving forward. Inclusion is a priority for CWP, we recognise that using different methods of communication is an important part of sharing the messages. So, we have produced and share further sketch notes following attendance at various events. These can be accessed here: https://www.cwp.nhs.uk/resources/sketchnotes/.
Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)
The main purpose of the EDS2 was, and remains, to help local NHS organisations, in discussion with local partners including local populations, review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. By using the EDS2, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Annual Monitoring Report
The CWP Annual Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring Report updates the Board on the progress in relation to the Trusts work around Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. The report provides details of our current performance, how the Trust is meeting its legal obligations, ongoing work to date, identified challenges and sets key actions for moving forwards.
Equality Objective Plan
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public sector organisations including Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to publish equality objectives every four years.
The Trust has to publish details of engagement work that has taken place to develop and evidence the Trust’s Equality Objectives and also how the Trust will measure its progress against them. This personal, fair and diverse commitment explains to staff and the public our approach to equality and diversity and our equality objectives.
Gender Pay Gap
From 6 April 2017, employers in Great Britain with more than 250 staff are required to publish their gender pay gap information annually, using six different measures covering pay and bonuses. Please see the most recent report and infographic for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) which provide a snapshot of pay data and are also published on the Gender Pay Gap Reporting pages of the Gov.uk website. The purpose of reporting is to increase awareness, improve pay transparency and to encourage closure of the gap.
Translation and Interpretation Report
Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust is committed to providing equal access to our services for all our service users and carers. We place a high value on the respect and dignity of individuals and recognise the social and cultural diversity of the communities we serve. Interpreting and translation provision for non-English speaking people who access CWP service users and carers remains vital for those who need communication support including Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), D/deaf, deaf/blind visually impaired and learning disabilities.
The purpose of this report is to review the interpretation & translation services used across the Trust
- Analyse the information on languages or information translated to ensure service users and carers can access CWP services
- Develop CWP staffs understanding of the process of arranging interpreters and providing best practice guidance on the use of interpreters especially in the area of safe guarding
- To identify areas in need of development / improvement to share good practice
- To inform Trustwide / local action plans.
Workforce Disability Equality Standards (WDES)
Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) was introduced in 2018. It consists of a set of specific measures to enable us to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff since research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was introduced in 2015. The WRES seeks to prompt inquiry to better understand why it is that BME staff often receive much poorer treatment than White staff in the workplace and to facilitate the closing of those gaps,
Browsealoud - Browsealound aims to improve access for all CWP Trust website visitors the Trust use an innovative support software package Browsaloud that adds speech, reading, and translation to websites facilitating access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low Literacy, English as a Second Language, and those with mild visual impairments and online content can be read aloud in multiple languages.