Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to ensuring that no job applicant, employee, service user, carer or member of the public is discriminated against either directly or indirectly, on grounds of age, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, disability, race/ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or social background.

We are committed to promoting and championing a culture of diversity, fairness and equality for everyone. We will do this by valuing and celebrating individual difference and acknowledging potential contribution to the continued development of the organisation which will in turn improve the services we provide. 

Equality and diversity

Equality, diversity and inclusion are everyone’s business and they form part of our HEART values.

The implementation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan in our organisation is overseen by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group which reports into the Patient and Staff Committee of the Trust Board

Our equality, diversity and inclusion programme of work for 2018-20 focuses on:

  1. Better health outcomes
  2. Improved patient access
  3. Improved patient experience
  4. Inclusive leadership
  5. A representative workforce
  6. An engaged and supported workforce
  7. Diverse partnerships

Community Languages

If you need an interpreter for your appointment, whether at one of our hospitals, clinic sites or for care being received in your own home, then please ask a friend or family member to let the clinical team know in advance so that the appropriate interpreter can be booked.  Interpreting may be provided by an interpreter in the room or over a telephone.


We also provide British Sign Language (BSL) and other forms of language support such as tactile interpreting and lip-speaking.  If a BSL signer is required please contact the clinical team as soon as possible as these bookings require two or three week’s notice.