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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS


The government has introduced legislation to prevent discrimination against employees on the grounds of their age.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust uses a single equality impact assessment, which includes age, to check that our functions, services, policies or procedures are not significantly disadvantaging people because of their age.

All new policy and procedural documents drafted in the Trust are in line with the NHS Litigation Authority guidelines and template, and include an equality impact assessment.

The terms of reference of all committees that report to the Trust's governance committee include a requirement to take account of equality and diversity, including age equality, in their business.

Dignity challenge

High-quality care services that respect people's dignity should:

  • Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
  • Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
  • Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
  • Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
  • Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
  • Respect people’s right to privacy
  • Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
  • Engage with family members and carers as care partners 
  • Assist people to maintain confidence and a positive self-esteem
  • Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation