Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Airedale serves a diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone.

As a public sector organisation we are committed to inclusive approaches to recruitment, training and developing our staff.

The Trust believes that equality should be embedded into all aspects of what we do. Our vision for an inclusive organisation for our staff, patients and their families is summarised in the points below:

  • You and your family can expect to be treated fairly with respect and dignity and to be routinely involved in decisions about your treatment and care.

  • You can expect to see us challenge discriminatory behaviour and practice

  • We will recognise and embrace diversity, appreciating and accepting individual difference and not seeing differences as barriers

  • We will ensure equal and easy access to health services, you will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

  • We will develop and implement inclusive approaches to recruiting and retaining our staff

  • We will consult and engage with our staff, patients and families to ensure that the services provided by the Trust meet your needs

 

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone. The ‘protected characteristics’ are:

  • Disability (linked to any aspect of inequalities associated as a result of any disability)

  • Gender reassignment

  • Age

  • Transgender people (transgender is where someone has changed, is changing or has proposed changing their sex – called ‘gender reassignment’ in law)

  • Race

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation ( refers to individuals being lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)

  • Marriage and civil partnership and

  • Pregnancy and maternity

Incorporated into the Equality Act 2010 are the Public Sector Duties. These duties outline the responsibilities of a variety of organisations, including the NHS.

The duties include:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010

  • Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups

  • Foster good relations between people from different groups

 

Modern Slavery Statement

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