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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Joining with partners across our system in addressing health inequalities so that we can improve the health and wellbeing of our population, is a key priority.

Hand in hand with how we do on that, is how we embrace inclusivity and diversity within our workforce to also ensure their wellbeing.

We know through their lived experience that discrimination can make staff unhealthy and it’s race discrimination that affects people’s health the most.

Our aim is to make sure we are supporting staff from ethnically diverse backgrounds, while also supporting other protected groups. These include people of different ages, disabled people, people who are changing their gender, pregnant women and mothers, people who believe in a religion or have no religion and people attracted to the same sex or the opposite sex.

Equality and tackling inequalities are common threads that run through our long-term plans. As a result, we will be highlighting the experiences, thoughts and comments of our staff in a myriad of ways throughout the days, months and years ahead.

Do watch this page for upcoming activities, awareness days and events to learn from or take part in.



Making the most of Black History Month to reflect on the ways they are #ProudToBe this October, a few of our many and valued Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent staff members share their thoughts:

Black History Month is a time to not only recognise and acknowledge the experiences of our black communities – from slavery and racial discrimination to trailblazers and leaders of change – but to celebrate all that has been achieved in the face of inequalities. This annual milestone also offers us a moment to reflect and celebrate the lives and experiences of people from black and ethnically diverse communities. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have shown what can be achieved by being collaborative and inclusive. We have so much to be proud of as a system including the health and wellbeing support for our staff and recruitment practices that enable us to meet the demands of the pandemic.

We know that a diverse and valued workforce enhances service delivery, ensuring culturally competent and good quality information, as well as equitable services. This in turn, supports the diverse needs of our communities and helps to reduce the health inequalities experienced by them.

Wishing you an uplifting Black History Month 2021.