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Equality and Diversity

Additional equality objectives

In early 2012, we consulted on equality objectives for the Trust.  As a result of that consultation, the Trust adopted and published 2 overarching, but measurable, objectives. 

 The 2 overarching objectives are:

 i) by working with others, to improve indicators of health in the local community whilst reducing indicators of health inequalities.  By 31 March 2016.

ii) by working with employees and trades unions, to improve levels of staff satisfaction in the Trust whilst reducing indicators of inequality in staff satisfaction.  By 31 March 2016.

We said at the time that that we would seek to define some more detailed supporting objectives, using the learning from the work we did on the NHS Equality Delivery System.   The Trust’s Equality and Diversity Committee identified 5 possible objectives for consultation. 

The 5 draft objectives were:

1.    To reduce differences in staff satisfaction between staff with long term conditions, health problems or disabilities and staff without long term conditions, health problems or disabilities.  By 6 April 2015.  Measure – Annual Staff Survey

Review current gap through focus group and other work.  By September 2012.

Develop Action Plan.  By October 2012.

Implement Action Plan.  To agreed timescales.

 

2.    To reduce gaps in equality information and data.  By 6 April 2014.  Reporting mechanism – E&D Annual Report.

Review current gaps against protected characteristics and agree priorities for action.  By September 2012.

Develop Action Plan.  By November 2012.

Implement Action Plan.  To agreed timescales.

 

3.    To commence analysis of patient satisfaction by age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation.  For 2012/13 financial year and beyond.  Reporting mechanism – E&D Annual Report.

6 monthly analysis to Equality and Diversity Committee. During 2012/13.

Develop Action Plan from analysis.  June 2013.

Implement Action Plan.  To agreed timescales.

 

4.    To develop satisfaction monitoring for patients with visual impairment in partnership with IRIS.  By 31 March 2013.  Reporting mechanism – E&D Annual Report.

Agree process with IRIS.

Review process with IRIS.  By September 2013.

Identify issues and implement actions as they arise.

 

5.    To develop indicators of patient experience (eg Did not attend appointment, Length of stay, readmission, mortality) linked to post code as proxy for deprivation.  By March 2013.  Reporting mechanism – E&D Annual Report.

 

We sought views, by 31 August 2012, on the following questions:

a)    Are these the right areas to be considering at present;

b)    If not, what different or additional areas should we be considering;

c)    Are there any changes to the detail of the possible objectives that you would like to suggest;

d)    Are you particularly interested in working with the Trust in the delivery of any objective;

e)    Are there any other comments you would like to make.

 

The Board of Directors have now adopted these additional objectives.

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