Equality and Diversity is for everyone and NHS Blood and Transplant is committed to championing and promoting equality of opportunity and values diversity. Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect and people should not experience discrimination and should have equal opportunities irrespective of their background.
We are pleased to present The Single Equality Scheme and action plan. This scheme continues to demonstrate our commitment to ensure that equality in employment and the services we provide is integral to the work that we do on a day-to-day basis.
This document brings together and strengthens the work we have done on equality over the last three years. In developing the scheme, NHSBT has involved a wide range of people. It has welcomed the views of our staff, donors, patients and customers on our key business priorities for equality and diversity, including community engagement, employment and service delivery.
NHS England has introduced WRES as a new approach that will involve national benchmarking of organisations. There is an expectation that year on year all NHS organisations will improve workforce race equality and that these improvements will be measured and demonstrated through the annual publication of data for each of the WRES indicators. The requirement to do this forms part of CCG assurance frameworks, the NHS standard contract and the CQC inspection regime.
The national focus on these nine aspects of workforce race equality provides a great opportunity for NHS organisations to work together on specific interventions and to share good practice.
The specific duties of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on the 6 April 2012 and as a result NHS Blood and Transplant has published three equality objectives that we are committed to achieveing over the next few years. Please see links below for details of our equality objectives.