Equality, diversity and inclusion

We promote equal treatment regardless of age, disability, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, belief, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, social and employment status, HIV status, gender reassignment, political affiliation or trade union membership other than that which is genuinely justifiable.

Our overarching equality, diversity and human rights strategic objective is:

“To be an employer of choice, committed to equalities, encouraging all staff and volunteers to adopt the Trust’s values in working towards its strategic objectives, whilst capturing and using data to ensure fair access by patients to services and people into employment.”

Our equality, diversity and human rights objectives:

These have been developed using and reflecting the best available evidence at the time when we completed our initial Equality Delivery System grading and analysis. Through working inclusively, we will:

  • always listen to people who are marginalised, improve accessibility and deliver the right services that are targeted, useful, usable and used in order to improve patient experience
  • increase the diversity and quality of the working lives of the paid and non-paid workforce, supporting everyone to better respond to patients’ and communities’ needs
  • raise awareness of, and promote action on, the equality and diversity agenda amongst everyone in EEAST
  • demonstrate that our decisions are effectively informed by up-to-date community/workforce data and intelligence.

Positive action programmes

We are currently running a pilot programme for black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) health ambassadors leadership engagement.