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Equality, diversity and inclusion

As part of our Great Place to Work programme we know that people perform better when they feel they can be themselves. As a Trust we want to foster a culture of 'acceptance without exception'.

Investing in a diverse NHS workforce enables us as a Trust to deliver a more inclusive service and improve patient care.

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Inclusion is about an individual’s experience within the workplace and in wider society and the extent to which they feel valued and included.

As a public authority we have legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality with due regard to the protected characteristics of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity,
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Equality Act 2010 created a new general duty on the NHS, when carrying out their functions to have due regard to:

  • The need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • The need to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
  • The need to foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection from “prohibited conduct” for groups of people with protected characteristics. Examples of prohibited conduct includes, direct discrimination (including combination discrimination), indirect discrimination, discrimination by association, discrimination by perception, harassment and victimisation.

The needs and circumstances for our patients, carers, communities and staff can be distinct and specific. In providing quality services and workforce environments that are appropriate and effective for all, we can prioritise and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Partner Programme

Solent NHS Trust was privileged to have been selected as one of NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Partners in 2017/18 and we continued in 2018/19. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with NHS employers and other partners, as well as national stakeholders such as the NHS Leadership Academy and NHS England to support us to embed and integrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into the culture and structure at Solent, and for us to be involved in system wide efforts to improve EDI across the NHS. For more information about the partner programme click here:

Monitoring equality, diversity and inclusion at the Trust

All NHS trusts are required, under the Equality Act 2010, to publish on an annual basis how our activities as a service provider and employer affect people with different protected characteristics. We are also required to set, review and publish Equality Objectives at least every four years.

Additionally, NHS trusts are required to complete and publish an annual assessment against the Equality Delivery System (EDS2), Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and from Autumn 2019, the Workforce Disability Standard (WDES).

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: FreedomOfInformation@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 023 8029 6911/22

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.