Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
all equal | all different | all individual
We are committed to eliminating discrimination and ensuring equality in care, and continue to embed our equality and diversity values into our policies, procedures and everyday practice.
CUH is committed to ensuring fairness for all and has a zero-tolerance of any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation whether its related to any of the following: age, sex, race and ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, paternity, marriage and civil partnership.
We aim to be an exemplar employer for equality, diversity and inclusion by:
- treating everyone with respect and dignity at all times
- challenging discriminatory behaviour and practice
- recognising and embracing diversity
- ensuring equal and easy access to services
- ensuring equal access to employment and development opportunities
- consulting and engaging with staff, patients and their families to ensure that our services and facilities meet their need
The Purple Network is for staff with hidden or visible disabilities, physical or mental health conditions and allied to work together to promote inclusion for everyone at CUH. You do not have to have a disability to be involved in the network, it is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in inclusion to come together as a united voice for our staff.
The Purple Passport is a tool to support health and wellbeing at work. Developed in collaboration with the CUH Purple Staff Network, it is part of the CUH commitment to ensure all staff feel included, supported and confident to be themselves at work.
The Passport provides space for an individual to record any information they would like to share about a visible or hidden disability, physical, neuro-diverse or mental health condition and anything they need in the workplace to support them to perform their role. It aims to facilitate an open and honest conversation between an individual and their line manager about their health and wellbeing, creating a shared understanding of any health concerns, issues affecting work and any adjustments that are needed.
Wearing the rainbow badge with pride
If you see someone wearing the rainbow badge, why not ask about it?
We believe that people who work in healthcare can play a key role in making things better.
The Rainbow Badge initiative originated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion. A recent Stonewall survey (published November 2018) stated that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) patients face inequalities in their experience of NHS healthcare. The survey estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination.
To begin to increase awareness of these issues, and to help improve the experiences of healthcare for LBGT+ patients, our staff wear NHS rainbow badges.