Working with REGARDS and respect in Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust so that everyone counts
Inclusion is the over-arching term which encompasses equality, diversity and human rights, focusing on individuals or groups who are, or who may feel, excluded from services or employment opportunities within the Trust.
The Trust is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for our workforce and the provision of the best possible healthcare service to our local population, which is inclusive of REGARDS characteristics.
*REGARDS is our way of remembering the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010. Race, Gender (sex) & Gender Reassignment, Age, Religion or Belief, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, and Pregnancy & Maternity.
We are also required to demonstrate compliance with reference to equality, as detailed in the NHS constitution, Care Quality Commission standards, NHS operating framework, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010 and NHS equality delivery system. The Inclusion and Equalities committee, chaired by Harinder Dhaliwal, Assistant Director of Engagement and Inclusion, is a multi-agency forum which meets bi-monthly to progress and monitor an inclusion work plan and governance framework.
Dignity and REGARDS
Working with REGARDS and respect is one way of putting our Trust vision "promote health and wellbeing of all communities” into practice. Our organisation is committed to promoting equality, good relationships and ensuring that no one is excluded because of who they are, in our service delivery and in our workforce.
Equality is about tackling historical barriers of exclusion and disadvantage, which can be experienced by particular groups of REGARDS people.