Here at Leeds Community Healthcare we are dedicated to providing services equally, regardless of an individual's race, belief, gender or sexual orientation.
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) has been developed as a tool to measure improvements in the workforce with respect to Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) staff with many of the methods being transferable to focusing on other groups. It is an NHS initiative that has been conceived by the national NHS Equality & Diversity Council; through collaboration with NHS staff and independent researchers. The challenge to ensure BME staff are treated fairly and their talents valued and developed is one that all NHS organisations need to meet because:
- Research shows that unfair treatment of BME staff adversely affects the care and treatment of all patients
- Talent is being wasted through unfairness in the appointment, treatment and development of a large section of the NHS workforce
- Precious resources are wasted through the impact of such treatment on the morale, discretionary effort, and other consequences of such treatment
- Research shows that diverse teams and leaderships are more likely to show the innovation, and increase the organisational effectiveness, the NHS needs
- Organisations whose leadership composition bears little relationship to that of the communities served will be less likely to deliver the patient focussed care that is needed
LCH is committed to addressing any inequalities that exist for staff and continues to welcome the WRES as a tool to show, transparently, where improvements made be needed so as to establish and maintain inclusive workplaces for all.
WRES Indicators & action plan
There are a total of nine indicators that make up the WRES split across Workforce Data, National NHS Staff Survey and Trust Board Representation. These are designed to help us track our progress in tackling any inequalities in the workforce.
Workforce Disability Equality Standard
The Workforce Disability Equality Standard, (WDES), is a set of specific measures, (metrics), that allows us to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff.
The WDES helps us to maintain a motivated, included and valued workforce, which in turn helps us to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improve patient safety.
Gender Pay Gap
Gender Pay Gap legislation requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap as at 31st March. The 2018 data is based on a snapshot date of 31st March 2018. The information is sourced from the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system, which holds our employee data. The information has also been submitted to the Governments Gender Pay Gap reporting portal.
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NHS Equality Delivery System
NHS Partners - Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme
Disability Confident Leader
We are a proud employer and promoter of the Disability Confident scheme and we are a recognised Disability Confident Leader. This means we are committed to good practice in employing disabled people and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any post advertised, providing the applicant has indicated on the application that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
The Trust promotes and supports the employment of people who use our services. As a matter of good practice, we have service user and carer representation in our recruitment processes. We are also committed to supporting disabled people in the workplace and promoting disability confidence in the Trust.
Stonewall Diversity Champions
We are part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme and have been since 2011. This means we are one of more than 750 organisations that work hard to make sure all LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.
We share the Stonewall core belief that a workplace that is truly equal is a powerful workplace and we aim to create inclusive and accepting environments for our workforce.
Each year we take part in the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index to demonstrate our progress and achievement in ten areas of employment policy and practice. Our workforce also has the opportunity to complete a survey anonymously to share their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work.