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

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Equality and diversity

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to delivering equality of opportunity for all patients and staff. As part of our general duty to promote equality, we strive to eliminate any unlawful discrimination.

The trust publishes an annual report for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion the latest version can be found here.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 came into force in October 2010 and replaced a range of previous anti-discriminatory laws with a single Act.

The Act identifies 9 protected characteristics and these are set out below and are covered by the Equality Duty:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race - this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  • Religion or belief - this includes lack of belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a general equality duty requiring public organisations, in the exercise of their functions to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.


  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people; and
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The Equality Duty is supported by Specific Duties which require the Trust to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating our compliance with the Equality Duty and to help us set specific, measurable equality objectives. The Trust must publish it's equality information annually, which must include:

  • Equality information relating to our workforce who share protected characteristics
  • Equality information relating to our service users
  • Information on the effect that our policies and practices have had on employees, service users and others from protected groups

The Trust's Equality Objectives

In order to help the Trust achieve it's Public Sector duty in relation to the Equality Act, the Trust has implemented the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) which has four goals:

1. Better health outcomes for all

2. Improved patient access and experience

3. Empowered, engaged and included staff

4. Inclusive leadership at all levels

The Trust is working with NHS Cumbria and other NHS organisations in the area to consult with service users, representatives from protected groups and the public and has carried out an assessment against the goals of the EDS. From this assessment, the Trust has identified Equality Objectives to cover all four goals from April 2012.

Equality Scheme

We have approved an Equality Scheme which covers the key equality strands:

Information on key strands of the scheme can be found below:

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

The NHS has introduced a national Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace. The Trust has set out its position in a Workforce Race Equality Standard Report.

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments are undertaken for all policies, procedures and business cases within the Trust. To obtain a copy of a particular EIA, please contact Hannah Crawford, HR Advisor on 01228 814092.

Working with Employees and Service Users for Equality

We recognise it is important to work with employees and service users of all backgrounds on equality issues.

Access to services

The Trust has a dedicated section on this website which describes how our services can be accessed and the support that is available. It is within our Patients & Visitors or available here.

Useful Links

The first link below is from the DoH website and is a fact sheet that has been written to explain the role of the NHS to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum.  It is in 41 different languages including English and Polish.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


Equality Cumbria


Cumbria County Council - Equality for all in Cumbria