Equality Act 2010 and New Equality Scheme
On 8 April 2010 the Equality Bill received Royal Assent and became the Equality Act. The purpose of the Equality Act is to consolidate existing discrimination legislation and contains new measures, which are intended to strengthen protection against discrimination.
Most of the Act came into force in 1st October 2010; however the new Public Sector Equality Duties and the combined discrimination provisions are not expected to come into force until April 2011.
The protected characteristics in the Public Sector Equality Duty are listed in the Equality Act as: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is committed to ensuring that all members of our rich and diverse communities receive the best and most appropriate care. We believe that the new Equality Act will enable us to further realise that ambition and develop practices and services which will deliver positive outcomes relevant to individual and community needs.
Equality Objectives and Plan
After 18 months of consultation with both community members and staff, we have now developed our Equality Objectives as required by the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010. The Objectives and Plan are a reflection of the issues raised by both members of the community and staff and are designed to be achievable and improve patient care.
The actions in the plan will be monitored and assessed by members of the community and our partners and their findings published on this website.
Equality Impact Assessments (EIA)
The Trust consults with its staff, service users and local community groups on its equality impact assessments. Our equality impact assessments cover all areas of equality legislation including race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion and belief.
Examples of EIAs and outcomes 2005 - 2010 (zip file)
If you wish to view the most recent EIAs please contact 024 7696 7603 or email@example.com.
Equal Opportunities in Employment Report 2009 & 2010
The annual report on equal opportunities data is provided in accordance with equality legislation thus this report provides a statistical summary of the workforce profile in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and length of service in order to benchmark our current position, to enable future monitoring of workforce trends, to analyse and review the workforce in order to best meet the needs of our service users.
We recognise the diverse needs of the communities we serve and will endeavour to communicate in different languages or formats upon request.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equality data 2012 - 2013
UHCW NHS Trust is committed to ensuring that the public is able to access relevant information and data in relation to its workforce and patients. This will help to engender a relationship based on transparency and openness, which will in turn enable us to develop a partnership approach with patients and other key stakeholders.
It has also helped us to determine our equality objectives for the next 3 years so that we will be able to continue to provide a service that is relevant and equitable for the communities that use our hospitals.
The link provided below will allow you gain a better understanding of the profile of our workforce and patients.
We accept that there are some gaps in relation to sensitive information such as sexual orientation and transgender, but by having carried out this work we are now able to develop strategies to improve our data collection. This will be achieved by working closely with front line staff so that they are able to explain why we need this information and how it will be used. We are currently rolling out a system that will allow staff to update their information quickly and accurately. It is hoped that our next publication of data (January 2013) will demonstrate a marked improvement in key areas of our data collection. Some of our data collection is governed by external systems and we will be working with the appropriate agencies to develop our current systems to help us collect the data we need.
No individual will be identifiable from the information we publish as we pride ourselves in ensuring that our staff and patients are afforded the confidentiality that is their right.
As you will appreciate we are one of the largest Acute Teaching Trusts in the country, therefore, we have a vast amount of information and data relating to our staff and patients. Therefore, it is not possible to publish all our statistics but we have provided key information.