Equality and diversity in practice


20 / 2 / 2014 00:00 AM

Making equality and diversity part of the way your organisation operates day-to-day is key to maintaining the focus in the longer term. As equalities legislation is strengthened through the Equality Act and demographics change, the need to ‘mainstream’ equality and diversity becomes even more central to how your organisation operates.

To help you meet this challenge, we've put together a list of things you need to think about. You can also view our top ten tips and learning from other trusts for best practice and guidance.

  1. Where are you now? Review what your existing organisational commitment to equality, diversity and equal opportunities is, assess compliance with legislation and look at the what the staff, patient and/or service user views are - in relation to your commitment to diversity.
  2. Where do you want to get to? Look at where you want to be and then set objectives to help achieve this.

    These should reflect your organisations strategic objectives and local needs, whilst also taking into account the national workforce agenda such as the NHS Constitution and staff pledges.

  3. How to get there? Looking at your objectives, create SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific) goals. Using this create a plan of how to achieve them, and don't forget to include key stakeholders or members of staff who may be able to implement the changes/achieve your goals.

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