Equality, diversity and inclusivity

University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust values equality and diversity for our staff, customers and stakeholders. We understand that diversity is about recognising and valuing differences for the benefit of relationships between the Trust, patients, staff, volunteers and the public. It is about treating everyone with dignity and respect and valuing everyone’s human rights.

Public sector equality duty

Within the overall Equality Act, public sector organisations such as healthcare trusts have specific duties which need to be fulfilled. This is known as the public sector equality duty.

The public sector equality duty consists of a general duty and a number of specific duties. These replace the three old public sector duties for race, disability and gender.

The general duty has three aims and requires public sector organisations to have due regard to the need to: 

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups; and
  • foster good relations between people from different groups.

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. UHS will do this through the implementation of the NHS Equality Delivery System.

Equality and diversity at UHS

UHS aims to be a leading organisation for promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity. We believe that any modern organisation has to reflect the full diversity of the communities and people it serves, from both an employment perspective and from a service delivery perspective.

In respect of racial discrimination, the Trust has developed and published guidelines for managers on how to deal with racially motivated incidents in the workplace and has produced a poster campaign to remind staff, patients and visitors that racial harassment of our staff will not be tolerated and may lead to prosecution.

For further information, view our equality reports.