Equality and Diversity

Overview
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) believes that everyone should be entitled to fair and equal services that take account of individual needs and backgrounds. We actively advocate for equality and believe that everyone we come into contact with deserves the same standard of treatment and support. Furthermore, it is essential for us that people using our services, their carers and our employees are provided with opportunities to be involved in shaping how our services develop.

Whilst we expect all of our services to be working towards reducing inequalities, we have a vibrant Equality & Diversity team supporting this work as well as some key projects that will help us ensure we continue to improve the care we provide and the support we provide to our service users, carers, staff, volunteers and experts. 

Our Strategy
We have produced a two year strategy to set out our current journey in making some of the improvements mentioned above.  It is an Equality, Inclusion & Human Rights strategy as these three areas are interlinked for anyone using our services:

  • Everyone should have equality of opportunity when using our services and working for us.
  • Everyone should feel included; whether as a partner in planning their own care in a co-produced way, or as a staff member  working in one of our many services.
  • We must ensure that people do not have their human rights compromised when using our services.  Any exceptions to this must be compliant with mental health legislation.

The strategy is called 'Supporting people to Flourish & Thrive' as we believe this is what we are here to help people to do.  This includes some detail in the strategy about how we involve people effectively in our development as an NHS organisation; and how this can support an individuals own recovery journey.  You can view the strategy by clicking here.

Our Performance
We use the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) to assess our performance annually for how effective our services, and workplaces, are for people from all backgrounds.  This assessment is undertaken in partnership with service user reps, carer rep, voluntary sector reps and HealthWatch Hertfordshire, as well our own staff.  The four main areas we look at are; Better Health Outcomes, Improved Access & Experience, A supported workforce, and inclusive leadership.

We look at our performance at least once each year.  This is part of work (but not the only part!) of ensuring that we continue to be compliant with the Public Sector Equality Duty (part of the Equality Act 2010) that requires all of our functions to be carried out in a way that does not disadvantage anyone whilst at the same time promoting equality of opportunity.

We published the most recent overview of our performance in January 2015.  You can view this by clicking here.    

You can also view a copy of the EDS2 (used to measure some of our performance) by clicking here. 

Contact the team
The Trust Equality & Diversity team is based within the HPFT Customer Inclusion & Engagement Team.  Should you have any queries please email us at equality@hpft.nhs.uk or call the team secretary on 01923 892665.