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  • SWBTB (1/10) 009 (b)

    Embracing Our Diverse Communities Single Equality Scheme

    JANUARY 2010

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    Embracing Our Diverse Communities Single Equality Scheme

    PROFILE

    REFERENCE NUMBER: VERSION: Final STATUS: Approved ACCOUNTABLE DIRECTOR: Chief Nurse AUTHOR: Assistant Director of Nursing – Patient Experience DATE OF LAST REVIEW/ ORIGIN DATE:

    DATE OF THIS REVIEW: January 2010 APPROVED BY: Trust Board DATE OF APPROVAL: July 2008 IMPLEMENTATION DATE: July 2008 DATE NEXT REVIEW DUE: January 2013 REVIEW BODY: CATEGORISATION: DATE OF EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT:

    October 2009

    APPLICATION: PRINCIPAL TARGET AUDIENCE: Staff & Public ASSOCIATED TRUST DOCUMENTS:

    Current Equality & Diversity Policies Policy on Policy Development new version

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    Embracing Our Diverse Communities Single Equality Scheme

    Contents Page No.

    Foreword by Trust Chief Executive ………..…………………………………………………. 4

    Widespread Consultation…………… …………………………………………………….….. .4

    Document available translation……………………………………………………………........5

    Trust Vision/Values ……………………………………………………………………………... 7

    1.0 Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………. 8

    2.0 Single Equality Scheme ………………………………………………………………... 9

    3.0 Aims of the Single Equality Scheme ………………………………………………….. 9

    4.0 How the Trust will implement the Single Equality Scheme ………………………...10

    5.0 The Framework for Delivery …………………………………………………………...10

    6.0 Involvement & Consultation of Stakeholders ………………………………………...11

    7.0 Public Access to Information …………………………………………………………..12

    8.0 Meeting our specific duties as an employer ………………………………………….12

    9.0 Equality Impact Assessments …………………………………………………………13

    10.0 Procurement …………………………………………………………………………….15

    11.0 Equality Monitoring in Services……..…………………………………………………16

    12.0 Training staff in equality and diversity ………………………………………………..16

    13.0 Reviewing and revising the Single Equality Scheme ……………………………….16

    14.0 Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………….17

    Appendix 1

    Legal Framework…………………………………………..……………..……..... 18 -21

    Appendix 2

    Equality Impact Assessment – Policies Register...…………..…………….……22 -31

    Appendix 3

    Service & Functions Impact Assessment Programme ………….………..…………….32 -35

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    FOREWORD BY TRUST CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    I welcome the introduction of our 2010 Single Equality Scheme into Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. We serve a diverse population over a large area and have extensive experience of promoting equality for patients and staff across the organisation. The Trust is committed to providing equal employment and advancement for all individuals.

    The process of developing this scheme has provided the Trust with an opportunity to re-examine all our equality policies and practices, listen to public feedback and capture everything under one umbrella the equality pathway that addresses the needs of all our diverse communities.

    The Single Equality Scheme sets out how as an organisation we will meet our obligations under the equality legislation over the next three years, but more importantly, how we will make a real and positive difference to the lives of all who are affected by what we do. It sets out our commitment to achieving equality and our determination to ensure that our policies and practices meet the needs of all service users as well as those of our staff.

    The success of the scheme requires commitment and leadership at all levels and that we hold ourselves accountable for our delivery; only then can we make the differences we want all to see.

    John Adler Chief Executive

    WIDESPREAD CONSULTATION

    This document is a result of our existing Equality and Diversity Schemes to produce a Single Equality Scheme. It contains the Trust’s response to the statutory general and specific duties enshrined in the Equality Act (2006), the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000). It also embraces other equal opportunities legislation outlined in the New Equality Bill, including sexual orientation, religion and belief, age, race, disability and gender. This document supersedes our original 2008 SES because it reflects new legislation, staff and user feedback.

    One of the Trust’s core values is to be open and accountable about what we do. We hope that publication of this document will continue to stimulate consideration and discussion of the issues and our plans to address them. We would welcome comments on all aspects of this document, in particular your opinions on the action plans. Should you want to join any of our sub groups or contribute to elements of our work then please contact our Equality and Diversity Team on 021 507 5561 or 0121 507 5169.

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    DOCUMENT TRANSLATION AVAILABILITY This document is available in other formats and languages upon request. Amharic

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    0121 507 5303 Equality@swbh.nhs.uk We look forward to hearing your views.

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    TRUST VISION “The Trust will help improve the health and well being of people in Sandwell, West Birmingham and surrounding areas, working with our partners to provide the highest quality healthcare in hospital and closer to home.”

    OUR VALUES Alongside our vision, we have also identified values that will underpin all we do. We believe these values will be vital to the successful delivery of health care in the future.

    Our Values What this means Caring and Compassionate

    - We care for patients, their carers and relatives as they would want us to.

    - We treat all patients with dignity and respect. Accessible and Responsive

    - Our services are accessible to all. - We identify and respond to the diverse needs of the

    patients and communities that we serve. - We involve patients in decisions about their care.

    Professional and Knowledgeable

    - We demonstrate high levels of competence and professionalism in all we do.

    - We provide safe, high-quality services. - We pursue opportunities for innovation in the way we

    provide services. Open and Accountable

    - We are open about what we do. - We are accountable to patients and local people for

    the decisions we take and the services we provide.

    Adopting these core values embeds the principles and legal requirements of the Equality and Diversity Schemes.

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    1.0 INTRODUCTION

    1.1 This Single Equality Scheme has been updated to reflect changes in Equality Legislation and alternations in the reporting framework. In April of this year the Equality Bill was introduced into Parliament, and will streamline all nine existing pieces of Equality legislation into one to simplify and strengthen the law on equality. The Bill will outlaw age discrimination in the provision of services and functions. It also creates a new general public sector equality duty - to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity, in relation to race, disability, gender, gender reassignment, age, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. This new duty replaces what are currently separate duties, covering race, disability and gender. Certain listed public bodies, such as SHAs and PCTs, are also bound by Specific Equality Duties to help them meet the requirements of the general duty. Therefore, in anticipation of new law the Trust will be increasing the equality groups to include Carers and will take in to account Human Rights and the significance of socio-economics. 1.2 The original monitoring and reporting framework for Equality and Diversity comprised of four subgroups; Workforce, Service & Policy Assessment, Patient Experience and Independent Living Group. In March 2009 it was decided that the Patient Exper

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