Telling people about our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, they are better able to make the connection between a positive culture to improved patient outcomes.
Moorfields announces the publication of Focus on Inclusion 2016. Focus on Inclusion is our annual publication that tells you about our commitment to the Equality Act and the specific public sector duties. Equality data about our patients and our staff is published here.
This year’s Focus on Inclusion tells you about our new equality objectives for 2016 – 2020.
In the next four years we aim to improve the equality outcomes for patients, carers and visitors; for our workforce, and to share our leadership of inclusion across our community.
Our objectives are to:
- Improve the experience of people identified by the protected characteristics when waiting for their appointment and to make information more accessible and specific to patients who have a clinical need.
- For our workforce, we want to increase the diversity of people in leadership and management roles, to continue to build a strong and positive culture of inclusion and to improve our collection of equality data.
- In the community we will broaden our reach to our voluntary partners to ensure we gain a wider and differing perspective through what they can offer.
Focus on Inclusion 2016 also tells you about the progress and achievements we have made.
Equality Delivery System
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was commissioned by the national Equality and Diversity Council and mandated by NHS England in 2015. It is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide together with better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS. It also meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
The main purpose of the EDS2 is for NHS organisations to review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and to help deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
During 2015, Moorfields completed the first self assessment of our performance against the Equality Delivery System. We looked across all our action plans and other evidence and are confident that our plans will deliver year on year improvements to our current position/assessment.
Our self assessment was scrutinised by the Patient Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group in November, which prompted further action and evidence. We believe our assessment is a balanced and honest review of our current position. In 2016 we will turn to other NHS organisations / a specialist hospital for peer review for a more robust assessment.
Our first Equality Delivery System report can be found by clicking here