Equality and diversity
We all use the NHS, whether going to see the GP or a nurse, getting advice from a pharmacist or seeing a dentist. To make sure everyone is able to get the best out of NHS services we need to understand who our patients are and their individual needs. This means that when people need to access treatment they get the right care and have the best possible experience.
Health inequalities exist in Bradford District and Craven and some patients have different access, experience and outcomes when they use the NHS. We want to reduce those differences and remove them entirely where possible.
Some examples of our equality and diversity work
NHS Rainbow Badge
In October 2019, working in partnership with the other local NHS organisations: Airedale Hospital Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care Foundation Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, we launched the NHS Rainbow Badge scheme .
Staff members in our organisations who want to wear a Rainbow Badge need to attend a short training session first. Anyone wearing a badge pledges to play their part in removing negative attitudes towards LGBT+ people from the NHS and in providing or signposting support to any LGBT+ person who needs it. As of January 2020 more than 1200 NHS staff members in Bradford District and Craven have pledged their support and are wearing a badge.
Accessible Information Standard
From 1 April 2016 all organisations providing NHS funded care must follow the Accessible Information Standard. This is to make sure, for example, that a patient with a learning disability, receives health information in a format that they can read and that someone, for example, who is blind receives a phone call reminding them about their hospital appointment rather than a letter.
Bradford Talking Media work with us to provide training on the Accessible Information Standard to staff working in our GP practices. The training highlights the experiences of local disabled people, explains why the Accessible Information Standard is so important and gives tips about how to make information more accessible and communicate well with all patients including people who are d/Deaf, hard of hearing, blind or learning disabled.
Meeting our legal duties
We currently have two equality objectives:
- To use information to plan services to meet different groups of people’s needs through a population health management approach
- To increase the numbers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff in our workforce, particularly in senior roles
We will report back on progress towards these objectives.
Equality delivery system
In November 2019 we held a focus group with local community sector organisations using the NHS Equality Delivery System to assess our progress in meeting our 2016-2020 equality objectives.
Public Sector Equality Duty report
We write an annual report showing what we have done to reduce health inequalities and to improve equality. Our report for 2020-21 is available here.
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
We use the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) to measure and improve race equality within our workforce. You can read and download a PDF copy of our current 2020-21 WRES action plan here (please note that we are working on making this a fully accessible document, in the meantime if you wish to request a copy in a different format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)