Equality and Diversity
Equality Objectives 2019-2022
The Equality Act asks public sector organisations, including NHS organisations, to publish at least one Equality Objective. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust will publish seven objectives which have originated from our knowledge of Lincolnshire demographics and engagement with local communities. The objectives are also inspired by the Equality Delivery System 3 (EDS3), Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES), Accessible Information Standard and the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Standard.
|Equality objective 1:||To improve the capability of how people access LCHS services and address the legal obligations under the public sector Equality Duty and duties to reduce health inequalities introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.|
|Equality objective 2:||To reduce language barriers experienced by individuals and specific groups of people who engage with the NHS with specific reference to identifying how to address issues in relation to health inequalities and patient safety.|
|Equality objective 3:||To improve disabled staff representation, treatment and experience in the NHS and their employment opportunities within the Trust.|
|Equality objective 4:||a) Commit to making a difference by promoting supportive cultures where staff can flourish and problem behaviours such as bullying are tackled, developing a better understanding of the most effective interventions to tackle bullying. b) Raise awareness and understanding of the definition of bullying and harassment and increase the perception of support mechanisms.|
|Equality objective 5:||To improve the recruitment, retention, progression, development and experience of different diverse communities and the people employed by LCHS to enable the organisation to become an inclusive employer of choice.|
|Equality objective 6:||Board Members and senior leads routinely demonstrate their commitment to equality|
|Equality objective 7:||To improve the experience of LGBT patients and improve LGBT staff representation and to support and facilitate appropriate monitoring of the implementation and take up of the SOM Standard within LCHS.|
We recognise the value of equality as a provider of healthcare services and as an employer, and we will make every effort to eliminate discrimination and reduce inequality.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The general equality duty is set out in the Equality Act 2010 (the Act). In summary, those subject to the equality duty must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristics and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The specific duties in summary are a need to publish information:
- publish sufficient information to demonstrate its compliance with the general equality duty across its functions on a basis.
This information must include, in particular:
- Information on the effect that its policies and practices have had on people who share a relevant protected characteristic, to demonstrate the extent to which it furthered the aims of the general equality duty for its employees and for others with an interest in the way it performs its functions.
Gender Pay Gap Statement
January 2017 update on quality objectives
Equality and diversity annual reports
Making health and social care information accessibleLincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust along with all organisations that provide NHS care and / or adult social care are required to follow the Accessible Information Standard in full from 31st July 2016 onwards.
Further details can be found on the NHS England website: