The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Equality and Diversity

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is one of the largest and busiest NHS trusts in the country. We see about a million patients a year who are drawn from large and evolving local and regional populations.

We are proud to be delivering a wide range of health services to the diverse communities in Leeds and across the region. We recognise that diversity and difference are strengths that enrich the work of our organisation and help us to deliver services that meet the needs of our local communities.

We are committed to challenging discrimination and promoting equality both as an employer and a major provider of health care services. We aim to make sure that equality and diversity is at the centre of our work, and is embedded into our core business activities.

The Trust acknowledges all protected characteristics to be of equal importance, including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The Trust also acknowledges the limitations of The Equality Act 2010 and considers additional characteristics such as gender diversity.

The Trust created the Equality and Diversity Strategic Group in November 2013, led by the Chief Nurse / Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, to deliver on the equality and diversity agenda. In 2020 the group expanded into two in response to the evolving agenda with one group focusing on workforce and the other patients.

For day-to-day delivery of the equality and diversity agenda, the Trust has an Equality and Diversity Manager based in Human Resources who works closely with the Head of Patient Experience.

We welcome the public sector equality duty (PSED), which places an emphasis on transparency and public accountability. Our equality information, which is published annually can be found here: public sector equality duty compliance reports. Our equality objectives, which are reviewed annually, are progressed and delivered through our Free From Discrimination People Priority and Equality and Diversity Patient Action Plan.

We are committed to involving patients, carers, staff and local communities in our equality and diversity work. We are working in partnership with the other major NHS trusts in Leeds and local community groups to implement the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) as part of this work. If you would like to know more about our equality and diversity work, please contact:

Equality and Diversity Manager

0113 206 5218

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