Public Sector Equality Duty
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is committed to being inclusive, fair and equitable to our staff, patients, carers and the communities we serve. As a Trust we are required under the Equality Act 2010, to demonstrate that we are meeting our legal duties when it comes to equality and diversity.
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is part of the Equality Act 2010 and came into force in April 2011. This duty requires NHS organisations and other public bodies to:
- Comply with the General Equality Duty
- Comply with the Specific Duty
- Publish Equality Objectives every four years
Public Sector Equality Report - 2016
The General Equality Duty (GED)
Section 149 (1) of the Equality Act 2010 places requirements on NHS organisations when exercising their functions. The GED has three aims and requires public bodies to have “due regard” to:
The Trust would like to be informed of what we need to do better or differently, we would like to hear your thoughts on our single equality scheme and how we can improve our services for patients, staff, volunteers and the local community within the west midlands region. Our ambition is to deliver a personal and fair service, which translates into the Trust’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy 2012- 2016.
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Having “due regard” means thinking about the three aims of the PSED and that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by the Trust such as:
- How the Trust acts as an employer
- How the Trust develops, evaluates and reviews policy
- How the Trust designs, delivers and evaluates services
- How the Trust commissions and procure from others
The specific duties require public bodies to set specific, measurable equality objectives and to publish information about their performance on equality, so that the public can hold them to account. The Specific Duties require the Trust to:
How the Trust acts as an employer
How the Trust develops, evaluates and reviews policy
How the Trust designs, delivers and evaluates services
How the Trust commissions and procure from others
In the future, the Trust intends to publish the required information in or with its annual report on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This report is published between July and September each year.
The Trust has adopted the National Health Service Equality Delivery System (EDS2) to support its management of its duties under the Equality Act.
The EDS2 supports the formation, implementation, monitoring and review of the Trust’s equality objectives and also contributes to the information published to demonstrate compliance with the public sector duty.
The EDS2 events will take place in September 2016 both for our staff and community organisations. This event will grade the Trust on its performance and will allow both staff and our communities to be involved in setting objectives from the perspective of the Equality Objectives and the Workforce Race Equality Standard.
The current Equality Objectives remain in place [2012-2016] until the completion of the EDS2 grading events. This will enable our staff and invited community representatives to be involved in the formulation of the new objectives which will be presented to the Board to be agreed and for further development in September 2016.
The Trust will provide an additional report to support the Public Sector Equality Duties on completion of the EDS2. This will enable staff and community representatives to be involved and included in the formulation of setting the objectives.