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 staff.
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
Although sometimes used
interchangeably, the terms 'equality' and 'diversity' are not the
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
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 Trust.
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