Equality and Diversity
As an NHS organisation we are committed to playing our part in
delivering a health service where equality, diversity and human
rights are embraced and communicated in the everyday work of our
Our aim is to:
Our staff are highly skilled and come from a diverse range of
backgrounds. Placing a real value on diversity not only enables
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust to recruit and
retain the best staff but ensures we deliver outcomes and
improvements to service delivery.
What is Equality and Diversity?
Although sometimes used interchangeably, the terms 'equality'
and 'diversity' are not the same.
Equality is about making sure everyone is
treated fairly and given the same life opportunities. It is not
about treating everyone the same way, to achieve the same outcomes
people may need to be treated differently.
Diversity means 'difference.' When it is used
in the same context as 'equality', it is about recognising and
valuing individual as well as group differences. It also means
treating people as individuals and placing positive value on
diversity both within the community and the workforce.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed
to making high quality healthcare available to all the communities
it serves and working in partnership with other organisations. We
are dedicated to delivering a quality service to all people
irrespective of race; sexual orientation; age; disability; religion
or belief; gender; gender reassignment; marriage or civil
partnership; pregnancy and maternity status.
However the Trust can only provide the best possible care for
our patients if we also recognise and meet the diverse needs of our
staff. Our aim is to treat all staff as valued and respected
individuals and to support equal access to opportunities within the
Our aim is for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights issues to
feature in our everyday thinking rather than being an 'added
extra.' We have people and groups who have a role in promoting
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in all the works we do.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital