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At the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS
Foundation Trust we embrace the diversity of our staff and the
communities we serve.
It is important that the Trust
provides fair and personal services for everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Equality of opportunity is at the heart of what we do. We value the diversity
of our entire staff by aiming to provide a truly inclusive and fair
culture where talents can flourish.
Does "Equality" mean
treating everyone the same?
Absolutely not; in fact we do have to
treat people differently sometimes to ensure that their needs are met, whether
this may be for staff or people using our services. This is crucial for us to
be fair and inclusive.
"Equality is not in regarding different things similarly,
equality is in regarding different things differently." - Tom Robbins
Diversity is about understanding and
appreciating the relative uniqueness of each individual.
We can improve care and provide a
better environment for patients and colleagues by understanding that each of us
has our own individual outlook, experiences, strengths and needs in life.
Organisations always benefit from having people from diverse backgrounds,
cultures and perspectives.
Equality is championed right across
the Trust from Board level to all staff.
We ensure that any form of
discrimination is challenged appropriately with the right support. The
Board is committed in making our Trust a better place to work so that everyone
can feel safe, included, valued and respected. It is extremely important for
staff to work in a comfortable and pleasant environment as this enables them to
perform to their optimum level. This means that people are more likely to
receive excellent services.
If you would like to know more about
Equalities work in the Trust, contact: Equality@nsft.nhs.uk
Equality Delivery System
more information about our legal duties as a public sector organisation under
the Equality Act 2010, please see: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty