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Equality and diversity

Disability Plus logoPoole Hospital is committed to equality and diversity, both as a healthcare organisation and as an employer. 

We work on a variety of fronts to implement the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 across services and for our staff, by ensuring our general public duties under the Equality Act are met and form part of our good practice. We do this through implementation of the NHS Equality Delivery System.

Equality, diversity, and human rights are also promoted through the work of the equality and diversity group and through the Poole Approach and the Golden Rules, which set out our values and philosophy of care and are widely known and embedded across the trust.

In line with the NHS Constitution, Poole Hospital is committed to providing equal access to services that do not discriminate on any of the protected characteristics of: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. The trust opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, and is also firmly committed to equality of employment.

The trust is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme, which we joined in 2012. Stonewall is the UK’s good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation and the trust features in both the Stonewall NHS Good Practice Guide and the Healthcare Equality Index.

A fair employer

The Workforce Race Equality Standard aims to ensure race equality and fair treatment for black and minority (BME) staff working across the NHS. This is a key part of our work to progress equality for our staff.

You can find out more by reading:

Workforce Race Equality Standard report 

Workforce Race Equality Standard appendix A

Workforce Race Equality Standard action plan 

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Poole Hospital is proud to have been awarded the Jobcentre Plus ‘disability symbol’ in recognition of our commitment to equality and fairness for prospective and current employees with disability.

Read our summary statement for meeting the public sector equality duties here and our statement on equality objectives here.


You can read this year’s Equality and Diversity report on the Trust’s workforce here

More information

Please contact:

Marie Cleary
Equality and diversity lead (workforce)
Tel: 01202 442820

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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