We are committed to providing culturally sensitive, inclusive, accessible and fair services that make a difference to the people we serve.
We also aim to provide a working environment that is equally welcoming to all people, regardless of background, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.
Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense.
As a publicly-funded body, we are required to ensure that diversity, equality and human rights are embedded into everything we do, in line with the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
The EDS is used to support the Trust to deliver better outcomes for service users and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse, making positive differences to healthy living and the working lives for everyone.
We will be holding EDS events in April and May 2023 with our key stakeholders. The purpose of the EDS grading events is to help us review and improve our performance by listening to the views of our service users, carers, local communities and those who work in the NHS. As part of this, we will be pulling together a brochure of evidence for our stakeholders to view.
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We are committed to offering practical support for patients and the families of patients who are veterans or serving in the UK armed forces.
Our Chief Executive, Jo Farrar, signed the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that no member of the Armed Forces community should face disadvantages in the provision of services, and that, in some circumstances, special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.
We are now working towards becoming fully accredited as a Veteran Aware Accredited organisation.
Further information and support
- The Royal British Legion offers lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.
- SSAFA, the armed forces charity offers welfare support to people in the armed forces, veterans and their families.
- Combat Stress offers mental health support to veterans.
- Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) supports people in the armed forces and veterans when they're staying in hospital.
A full list of the support available to people in the armed forces and their families is available on the Confederation of Service Charities website.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Equality Act 2010
- Richmond AID
- Learn English at Home (LEAH)
- Life Integrated Support Service in Hounslow
- London Boroughs Faiths Network
- AGE UK
- Integrated Neurological Services (INS)
- London Borough of Richmond upon Thames - Carers hub service
- Richmond Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) - directory of community & voluntary services