Equality and human rights

East Cheshire NHS Trust aims to be an organisation that people want to join and remain with as it allows staff to make their distinctive contributions and achieve their full potential.

Our aim is to break down all barriers of discrimination, prejudice, fear or misunderstanding, which can damage service effectiveness for service users and carers.The trust does not tolerate any form of intimidation, humiliation, harassment, bullying or abuse and will ensure that patients, staff, visitors and the public are treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

East Cheshire NHS Trust is committed to building a workforce which is valued and whose diversity reflects the community it serves, enabling it to deliver the best possible healthcare service.

We believe that unlawful discrimination is unacceptable and aim to ensure that all patients, applicants, employees, contractors, agency staff and visitors receive appropriate treatment and will not be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. This is particularly so on the grounds of race, ethnic origin or nationality, disability (including learning disabilities and autism), gender, gender reassignment, marital status, age, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

View our equality and human rights policy which is currently being updated by clicking here

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Equality Act information

As a public authority East Cheshire NHS Trust must uphold and promote human rights in everything we do. The Equality Act 2010 replaced the former duties around race, disability, and gender with a new streamlined and strengthened equality duty, which has been extended to cover nine protected characteristics. These are as follows:

  1. Disability
  2. Age
  3. Gender re-assignment
  4. Marriage and Civil partnership
  5. Race, including national identity and ethnicity
  6. Religion or belief
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

The overall aim of the  act is to ensure that people get fairer opportunities and better public services. The act focusses on the following: 

  • promoting equality of opportunity;
  • promoting good relations;
  • promoting positive attitudes;
  • eliminating harassment; and
  • eliminating unlawful discrimination.

View our Equality Act information

Workforce Race Equality Standard

NHS England has incorporated the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) into the NHS Standard Contract. The standard requires organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality. Our results and associated action plan are published here

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