Equality and DiversityThe equality and diversity area of the Improving Working Lives standard aims to ensure that all our staff feel valued and are treated with dignity and respect. We can measure this by conducting staff surveys.
In this section, you can find out more about how we are highlighting diversity at the Trust and encouraging the knowledge and experience this brings.
We meet the criteria to use the Employment Services disability symbol (we hold a Disability Employment Advisor’s Certificate).
Equality and Diversity
The Trust has a Diversity and Equality Steering Group, which oversees all diversity and equality activities and standards within the Trust. The Trust is also part of the North West Surrey Strategy on Equality and Diversity.
Dignity at Work
We have procedures and policies in place that make staff aware of the issues surrounding many forms of discrimination including bullying, harassment, whistle-blowing, tackling violence, racial and other forms of discrimination.
The Trusts’ Staff Concerns Policy provides guidance for staff on raising concerns that incorporate the requirements the Trust has as a responsible employer both ethically and by statute. We want to provide a working environment in which workers can raise genuine issues of concern without fear of retribution. Employees are encouraged to act promptly and to put their concerns in writing.
Each year the Trust holds an Appreciation Awards ceremony. Staff can be nominated for awards by other staff, by patients or by visitors. Awards are given for exceptional work in the Trust, national recognition or success, successful completion of a significant qualification, publication of an important piece of work or service to the community. There is also an award for “Team of the Year”.
Cultural Awareness Training
The Trust has ongoing training on equality issues lead by a Diversity Lead in each department and supported by our Equality team.