Solent NHS TrustHigh quality community and mental health services

E&D Report Feb 2016

 

REPORT TO: Sarah Martin, Associate Director of Human Resources

Date: 1 Feb 2016

Agenda Item:

Title

Equality and Diversity Report: July 2015-December 2015

Sponsoring Director

Julie Pennycook. Director of Human Resources

Author(s)

Ricky Somal; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Purpose

For information

Previously Considered by

 

Executive Summary

The NHS Constitution is very clear: “everyone counts” be they patients or staff. This means the NHS needs to consider the outcomes that different people experience: taking different or extra steps to improve access and design services so that their health outcomes and experience are equitable.

Equality and Diversity must be seen in all sectors of the Trust as an opportunity for creativity and innovation, this will require ongoing efforts to ensure clear and consistent messages are communicated and expert advice and support afforded at all levels across the Trust.

Solent NHS trust launched a new equality and diversity strategy ‘Equality Standard’ and this report outlines the progress we have made for the time period July 2015 – 31 March 2016.

Related Trust Objectives/Priorities

EDS2 Objectives

 
  • Better health outcomes for all
  • Improving patient access and experience
  • Empowered engaged and supported staff
  • Inclusive leadership at all levels.

Risk and Assurance

Active management of the Trusts statutory obligations through the delivery of the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

Related Assurance Framework/Risk Register Entries

None

Legal Implications

The Trust has statutory obligations related to Equality and Diversity, both for patients and staff.

Resource Implications

Currently managed within existing staff group.

Regulatory Requirements

CQC related measures

SC13 – NHS Standard Contract.

Action Required

The Board is requested to note the Equality and Diversity Report.

     

Executive Summary

  1. The NHS Constitution is very clear: “everyone counts” be they patients or staff. This means the NHS needs to consider the outcomes that different people experience: taking different or extra steps to improve access and design services so that their health outcomes and experience are equitable
  2. Equality and Diversity has been mandated as part of the NHS Standard Contract 2015/16 and will be assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against the well-led domain from April 2016. This report sets out the key priorities for implementation to enable the Trust to comply with our legal, regulatory and commissioner requirements to equality and diversity.
  3. Equality and Diversity must be seen in all sectors of the Trust as an opportunity for creativity and innovation, this will require ongoing efforts to ensure clear and consistent messages are communicated and expert advice and support afforded at all levels across the Trust.
  4. The Trust has adopted the Equality Delivery System (EDS2), a national framework developed by NHS England. NHS organisations are required in collaboration with local interests, to analyse and grade their performance against 18 outcomes grouped under the following four objectives.
  5. Solent NHS trust launched a new equality and diversity strategy ‘Equality Standard’ and this report outlines the progress we have made for the time period July 2015 - December 2015.
  6. Our aims of our equality and diversity strategy are to: respond positively to the legal, regulatory and commissioner requirements for equality, diversity and human rights; meet the requirements of the EDS2 and WRES (NHS England); embed an evidence based equality and diversity strategy with clear monitoring and reporting structures; raise standards in our performance towards equality and diversity in reducing health inequalities; improving patient access and experience; empowering, engaging and supporting our staff and inclusive leadership at all levels.
  7. These functions have been identified from an appraisal of policy and legislative drivers including the requirements on Trusts to meet the regulatory framework of the CQC well-led domain and other inspection systems that encompass equality and diversity functions.

 

Solent NHS Trust

 

Equality Standard

 

1. Introduction

2. Methodology

2.2 Our equality objectives 2015-2018

2.3 Our Equality and Diversity Roadmap to 2018

Equality Standard Roadmap

2.4 Embedding the core functions of our strategy

2.4.1 Assuring compliance

2.4.2 Assuring compliance is a critical issue for the overall success of the strategy. This is an incentive to ensure that Equality Standard is of a high quality:

Compliance: SC13 Equity of Access, Equality and Non-Discrimination

Requirement 1: The Parties must not discriminate between or against Service Users, Carers or Legal Guardians on the grounds of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or any other non-medical characteristics, except as permitted by the Law.

Requirement 2: The Provider must provide appropriate assistance and make reasonable adjustments for Service Users, Carers and Legal Guardians who do not speak, read or write English or who have communication difficulties (including hearing, oral or learning impairments). The Provider must carry out an annual audit of its compliance with this obligation and must demonstrate at Review Meetings the extent to which Service improvements have been made as a result.

Requirement 3: In performing its obligations under this Contract the Provider must comply with the obligations contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 and section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. If the Provider is not a public authority for the purposes of those sections it must comply with them as if it were.

Responding to our quality, safety, operational and financial obligations are essential in the way we deliver equality and diversity. The Trust has:

Established an Equality Impact Group (EIG)

Policy development and transparency

Diverse Data Analysis

Capability - training and staff development

Organisational Diversity Moments

Patient Diversity Moments

Workforce Diversity Moments

  1. EDS2 - understanding roles and responsibility (this includes the Equality Standard Toolkit)
  1. Delivering Person Centred Care – a Diversity Roadmap

9. Delivering the behavioural components of excellent customer service

  1. WRES – Understanding roles and responsibility (this includes the WRES Strategy and Implementation Plan)
  1. Improving Diverse Patient Insight and Experience

10. Improving workforce health and wellbeing

  1. Embedding Values Based Diversity
  1. Transcultural Healthcare Practice – identifying factors that define transcultural nursing and methods to promote culturally competent nursing care

11. Unconscious Bias and its impact on clinical and corporate decision making

  1. Understanding and completing Equality Analysis
  1. Understanding Health Inequalities and Wellbeing for groups protected by the Equality Act 2010

12. Systems Thinking – Improving the cultural capability of the workforce

 

Requirement 4: In consultation with the Co-ordinating Commissioner, and on reasonable request, the Provider must provide a plan or plans setting out how it will comply with its obligations under SC13.3. If the Provider has already produced such a plan in order to comply with the Law, the Provider may submit that plan to the Co-ordinating Commissioner in order to comply with this SC13.4.

 

 

 

 

Requirement 4: In consultation with the Co-ordinating Commissioner, and on reasonable request, the Provider must provide a plan or plans setting out how it will comply with its obligations under SC13.3. If the Provider has already produced such a plan in order to comply with the Law, the Provider may submit that plan to the Co-ordinating Commissioner in order to comply with this SC13.4.

Our equality plan is published on the Trust equality and diversity website.

 

Each corporate area is completing an EDS2 customer service in-depth review as part of the Silver Standard Award 2016/17. 13.5 The Provider must

13.5.1 implement EDS2; and

13.5.2 implement the National Workforce Race Equality Standard and submit an annual report to the Co-ordinating Commissioner on its progress in implementing that standard.