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Equality and diversity - Race Equality Scheme

Barts and The London serves one of the most diverse populations in the UK in respect of language, culture, religion and ethnicity, and we seek to reflect this in the make-up of our workforce. No form of discrimination is tolerated within our hospitals, and we have policies and initiatives in place to respect, support and promote awareness of the diverse needs of patients, staff and visitors. The Trust's equalities work is led by the Equality and Diversity Strategy Forum which reports to the Trust Board.

The Trust’s commitment to promoting equality of opportunity among staff is outlined in our five-year strategy document. Equality and Diversity Strategy: A Strategy for the Modern Workforce.

Race Equality Scheme

The Trust’s Race Equality Scheme reinforces our anti-discrimination principles and equal opportunities policies, and supports their effective implementation. This scheme sets out how the Trust plans to guard against racial discrimination and institutional racism against patients or staff, and how it will comply with the terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

Download Race Equality Scheme 2005-08.

Download Appendix 1: Action Plan.

Download Appendix 2: Assessing functions and timetable for impact assessment.

Download Appendix 3: Table of Policies.

The Disability Network

The Trust has a Disability Network which provides a forum for addressing issues relating to the recruitment and retention of staff with disabilities. Its objectives cover four main areas: consultation with and support of employees with disabilities; employment advice; training; and accessible service delivery.

Positive about disabled people logo

Following a review by disability employment advisers in June 2003, the Trust retained the Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People symbol, which it was granted in 1997. This means that the Trust was assessed as meeting five key commitments in relation to the recruitment and retention of staff with disabilities. The assessors described the evidence they saw in the Trust’s policies, guidance, activities, systems and processes as ‘more substantial than we see at most organisations reviewed’.

Positively Diverse Programme

The Trust was one of 40 organisations to pilot the Positively Diverse Programme, a development tool designed to help organisations create a working environment where all staff, whatever their differences, feel valued and have a fair and equitable quality of working life. The programme encourages an organisational culture that accepts the differences between individuals and values the benefits that diversity brings. Barts and The London has been designated a lead site in a new Positively Diverse national network, enabling us to develop further expertise in this area and provide support and guidance to new organisations embarking on the scheme.