Equality & Diversity

Dorset HealthCare is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all those who use our healthcare services, as well as their carers and families.

We recognise our responsibility to achieve the highest standards in equality and inclusion, and to be a proactive agent for change. We are fully committed to providing high quality services to everyone, irrespective of whether those individuals are men or women or from different races, cultures and religions, with or without disabilities, of varying ages, of different sexual orientation, with or without caring responsibilities.

The Trust is also committed to equality and diversity in employment, with fair access and fair outcomes for all. We aim to create an environment in which every individual feels valued, and in which differences are recognised and fully utilised in delivering excellent services.

Our approach to equality and diversity

Our Equality and Inclusion Implementation Scheme sets out our approach to equality and diversity, both as an employer and as a healthcare organisation.

The scheme explains how we embed equality and diversity throughout the organisation, and how we deliver on key guidance and statutory requirements relating to equality and diversity, including the NHS Constitution, the Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Equality Duty and the CQC Fundamental Standards.

Our Equality Delivery System is the framework we use to maintain and, where necessary, improve equality performance.

Our accreditations

To support us in achieving the highest standards in equality and inclusion across our work, we are accredited with a number of organisations and programmes that promote fair treatment for all, including: