Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equal chance to access opportunities. It is not about treating everyone the same way. People may require different things to achieve similar outcomes.
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 the diversity they bring as a result of them belonging to a certain personal protected characteristic or their cultural background.
To make sure everyone is able to get the best out of NHS services, we need to understand who our patients are and what their individual needs are so when they access treatment they get the right care and have the best possible experience.
We know health inequalities exist in North Kirklees and that some patients have different access, experience and outcomes when they use the NHS. We want to reduce those differences and remove them entirely where possible.
Our approach to equality and diversity is outlined in our strategy. Our equality and diversity strategy is currently being updated and will be available on this webpage by the summer of 2020. If you require any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)
The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a newly developed set of ten specific measures that will support NHS organisations to compare the experiences of Disabled and non-disabled staff.
In the first few years local NHS organisations will report this data and local data to develop an action plan. This will enable them to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality. The CCG will work with local providers to support them to achieve more equal access and outcomes for disabled staff and potential staff. The CCG will use the WDES in 2021/2.