- 16% of our workforce is from a black or minority ethnic group other than white British.
- 28% of our work force are aged 35 or younger
- 16% of our work force are over 55.
- In the 2011 population census, 31.8% of residents in the Great Yarmouth & Waveney area identified themselves as “having a limiting long term illness”?
- 7.2% of the population in the Great Yarmouth area are from a black or minority ethnic group
- 49% of the population in the Great Yarmouth area are aged 45 or over.
What is the Equality Act 2010?
In October 2010, Equality Act 2010 came into force. The Act complements and replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what we need to do to create fair and inclusive environment for our patients and staff.
The Equality Act 2010 covers the same groups that were protected by existing equality legislation – age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity – these are now called “protected characteristics”. The Act also extends some protections to groups not previously covered, and strengthens particular aspects of equality law.
The “Protected Characteristics” are listed as follows:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The Act extends some protections to characteristics that were not previously covered, and also strengthens particular aspects of equality law.
James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to engaging with and offering treatment, care and support to all sections of society, regardless of disability, gender, race, age, religion or belief and sexual orientations. We have a diverse workforce, which allows us to have access to a wide pool of talent to deliver the best services possible.
As a public authority we have a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 legislation to promote equality for people with characteristics protected by the act, these being age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
A tool, called the Equality Delivery System (EDS) has been designed to help all staff and NHS organisations to continue to meet Care Quality Commission’s “Essential Standards of Quality and Safety” and ensure that everyone - patients, public and staff - have a voice in how organisations are performing and where they should improve. From this an action plan 2012-2015 was developed and can be accessed here.
The objectives for the Trust include:
- To promote leadership on equality at Board Level
- Improve the quality of equality data collected for both patients and staff and to make it widely available to managers and staff
- To focus on the health and wellbeing of staff
- To ensure all aspects of training and appraisal are analysed and reported by the protected characteristics
Beyond the legal duties, the system sets out our commitment to taking equality and human rights into account in everything we do, whether that’s providing healthcare services to our local population, employing people, developing policies or communicating and involving people in our work. It is a long-term commitment and will be regularly refreshed to ensure its continued relevance.
In November 2013, the Equality Delivery System was refreshed and streamlined and is now called EDS2. This document can be accessed here.
New goals were added around staff reporting positive experiences of being a member of the workforce here at James Paget and that reports/ papers that are written and discussed identify equality related impacts and risks and state how these risks are managed.
These new goals were included in the 2014 updated Equality Action Plan which is available here.