We recognise that, due to discrimination and barriers to social inclusion, people may experience inequalities in accessing services or as members of staff.
Our objective is to deliver high quality, responsive services that meet the needs of the diverse local population in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.
As a foundation trust, equality and diversity is at the heart of service development strategy and the active participation of the Council of Governors has ensured that social inclusion and challenging discrimination are addressed across the trust.
Our actions include:
- Working with partner organisations locally, such as participating in a research study in Bexley of the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and linking with other local NHS trusts to provide mentoring for BME staff.We also have our own BME mentoring scheme.
- Staff networks which support staff with lived experience of mental ill health, staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- We have set up a Disability Action Group (DAG)
- We have developed a mandatory equality e-learning training package to support staff learning and to complement the one-day training programme. We have also developed a LGB awareness e-learning package
- We employ of community development workers to support the specific needs of BME service users.
- We are Stonewall Diversity Champion members and are in the Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Index.
- Provide interpretation and translation services for people whose first language is not English and also provide British Sign Language interpreters for people from the deaf community.