Inclusion, equality and diversity

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our organisational culture.

Focus on Inclusion is our annual publication that tells you about our commitment to the Equality Act and the specific public sector duties. The report includes equality data about our patients and our staff.

Focus on Inclusion focuses on how we are embedding inclusion in everything we do to ensure we are at our best, consistently.

In 2016 we announced our equality objectives to 2020 and our aims 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. 
  • Increase the diversity of people in leadership and management roles in our workforce, to continue to build a strong and positive culture of inclusion and to improve our collection of equality data.
  • Broaden our reach to our voluntary partners in the community to ensure we gain a wider and differing perspective through what they can offer.

Focus on Inclusion 2018 charts the progress and achievements we have made.

Focus on Inclusion report 2018 front cover

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

Gender pay gap reporting

As a large, public sector employer, Moorfields is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling any inequalities which are identified.

We are required by law to carry out gender pay gap reporting and to publish this data on a government website by 31 March each year. We are required to publish the following:

  • Gender pay gap (mean and median averages)
  • Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages)
  • Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses
  • Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure

At Moorfields, the only bonuses that are awarded are to medical staff  through the Clinical Excellence Awards

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly earnings of all men and women across an organisation, irrespective of the jobs they do. This is different to equal pay, a legal requirement to ensure that men and women are paid the same for doing the same or equivalent work.

Our data

At Moorfields the median pay gap is 18.7% (median average hourly earnings) and the mean pay gap is 24.5% (mean average hourly earnings) – this means that the average earnings of men working at Moorfields are higher than the average earnings of women.

The gender pay gap is complex and there are a range of factors which are likely to have a bearing, for example, age, sector, the gender composition of the workplace (in particular at senior levels) and working patterns.

Our commitment to closing the gender pay gap at Moorfields

At Moorfields we are committed to ensuring the fair treatment and reward of all of our staff, regardless of gender or other protected characteristics.

We are ensuring that women are supported and encouraged to further their careers within the trust. It is acknowledged that breaks in career most often presented by maternity leave disproportionately impact women. Moorfields has flexible working policies and seeks to support women and men to manage family and career development.

We have a well-developed learning development programme for all staff and this year 87% of participants in the Mary Seacole Leadership Development programme are women.

Our robust recruitment process has equality and diversity embedded into its processes along with values based recruitment. We will continue to ensure recruitment is non-gender biased and that adverts and applicants are recruited fairly, openly and transparently. This applies equally to men seeking roles in areas traditionally dominated by women as well as ensuring equitable access to senior roles for women.

Workforce Race Equality Standard

In 2014, in response to the experience of BME staff in the NHS, NHS England and the NHS Equality and Diversity Council agreed that a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) would be developed. The WRES was introduced and its implementation made mandatory for NHS trusts in April 2015. From April 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has included the WRES as part of its inspection regime for hospitals in relation to the well-led domain.  The WRES established 9 Workforce Indicators and associated metrics against which NHS organisations must collect and analyse data in relation to BME staff and white staff.

The purpose of the WRES is to prompt inquiry and assist organisations in developing and implementing evidence based responses to the issues the data reveals.  You can access our WRES data and actions plans via the links on the right under key documents.

Read more about our commitment to inclusion, equality and diversity.

Staff welfare: Freedom to Speak Up

This policy describes the approach the trust takes to create a culture and a framework within which staff feel free to speak up, confident that they will be listened to and supported, and their concerns will be acted upon. 

Last updated: 22nd March 2021