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Equality Information and Objectives

Equality Objectives 2012 - 2016

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust equality objectives have been set based on the best available evidence at the time when we completed our analysis.  We do however recognise that there has not always been good evidence available across all protected characteristics to inform these objectives.  Therefore, much of the work over the coming months/years will be on improving the quality and quantity of the available monitoring data on staff and service users and engaging with groups of staff and services users where monitoring data will not be collected.

Our Equality Objectives:

  • Improve the experience of adults with learning disabilities when accessing acute services
  • Improve patient experience for elderly patients and reduce the requirement for hospital  admission and reduce length of stay by providing early specialist assessment,  treatment and care at the most appropriate time by care of the elderly multidisciplinary experts
  • Improve the experience of deaf people attending planned appointments by ensuring they are informed of the booked interpreter in advance of planned appointments 90% of the time.
  • Reduce percentage of staff reporting bullying and harassment (by 1% year on year) in the annual staff survey results with particular focus on young staff and those staff with disabilities  to ensure they are not disproportionately affected.

To view our report on how these objectives were developed and the full explanation and how we plan to measure these objectives click here

Equality Information

Our objectives have been developed based on the analysis of the equality information we had available at the time. This information is incorporated within:

  • Our Equality Delivery System analysis where we have graded our performance as 'Developing' - to view this information click here
  • Our report on how we are meeting our public sector equality duties - to view this information click here

Equality Delivery System (EDS)

The EDS is a national NHS tool to help assess how well embedded equality, diversity and human rights are within an organisation's systems and processes.   At the heart of the EDS is a set of nationally agreed goals. These are:

1)  Better health outcomes for all

2)  Improved patient access and experience

3)  Empowered, engaged and well-supported staff

4)  Inclusive leadership at all levels

There are a total of 18 outcomes across the four goals. It is against these outcomes the Trust self assessed its performance through December 2011 to February 2012. Performance has been measured as 'Developing' against the national rating scale

For further information on the EDS click here or on the grading criteria of the EDS click here

 Tell us your Feedback

 If you have any comments on any of this equality and diversity information please contact:

Jillian Wilkins, Equality and Diversity Lead

Postal address: University Hospital of North Durham, People and OD, East Wing Annex, Durham, DH1 5TW


Telephone or Text: 07 500 125 160