Equality, diversity and inclusion

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust values the diversity of our staff and the communities we serve.

We aim to give everyone equal access to our services. This is regardless of:

  • age
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • race
  • disability
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • marital or civil partnership
  • social and economic status

We support carers and people with learning disabilities and / or autism. We will make reasonable adjustments so they can access services.

We value the diversity of our staff and aim to provide an inclusive and fair culture. This means talents can flourish for the benefit of the people who use our services and their carers.

The Trust co-produces its equality action plans for staff with its employee network groups. We look to ensure that people who use our services, carers and partners can help to improve our services.

Conversion therapy

The Trust does not provide or support “Conversion Therapy”, sometimes called “gay cure” therapy. This is because homosexuality is not a mental illness that needs treating. 

Our stance complies with Department of Health and UK Council for Psychotherapy guidance. It is also in line with all major professional bodies. They agree that such therapies are unethical and unscientific.

Equality monitoring

As part of the Public Sector Equality Duty, the Trust must by law gather and publish data about staff and the people who use its services.

This helps us to make sure we are providing fair and equal access to everyone. It also helps us to identify how we can improve services to make them more accessible and inclusive.

Modern slavery

We aim to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. 

We provide training to staff involved in the supply chain as part of our safeguarding role. 

Our Modern Slavery Statement and Review - 2021 [pdf] 130KB

Rainbow Badges

NHS rainbow badge on leaf

You may see staff wearing NHS rainbow badges. This shows you that people who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus other identities) are welcome. We will always aim to be open and non-judgmental in the care we provide.

The badge lets you know that you can share your identity with us. It means this member of staff will listen, understand and know how to find the support you need.

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