Equality, diversity and inclusion

To create an inclusive culture, we must develop an environment where diversity is truly valued. If we are to deliver our vision we must recognise that discrimination exists in society, in our workplaces and in healthcare, and take proactive steps to address inequalities. Our commitment to equality and inclusion feeds into everything we do and is a responsibility shared by everyone at NWAS.

We know that the care we provide must be accessible to everyone and that we must treat each person fairly based on their individual needs. We are taking action to reduce inequalities in access, experience and health outcomes, especially for groups of patients considered vulnerable or at higher risk.

Diversity is something to be celebrated and we are proud that our networks and forums have provided safe environments where people are encouraged to be themselves, challenge the way things are done and work together with leaders to improve NWAS for everyone.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is outlined in our strategy, but extends far beyond its lifespan. Over the next three years through delivery of our aims, we will focus on the following priorities:

  • Making sure everyone who works for NWAS has fair job and career progression opportunities which will improve diversity and representation at all levels of the organisation.
  • Educating and developing our leaders and people to improve understanding of racism, discrimination and cultural
    competence to deliver a step change in the experience of our people and patients.
  • Using patient data and experience to drive improvements in access and health inequalities, for people from diverse communities.

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader we are committed to recruit, retain and develop staff who are disabled and have long-term health conditions.

As the executive champion of the Disability Network, I am delighted that the trust has been successfully recognised as a Disability Confident Leader. This confirms our continued commitment to getting the right people into the organisation and keeping and developing our people. Through the work of the network, we will continue to make sure that everyone has the best experience of joining and working for the trust.

Carolyn Wood, Direcor of Finance