Equality & Human Rights Strategy

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has an obligation to provide equitable and accessible services and advance equality of the people of North East sector of Manchester and surrounding boroughs and its employees. With due regard to the elimination of discrimination, the promotion of equality opportunity and the fostering of good relations between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not in accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010.

With this in mind the Trust puts people at the heart of the organisation and of the services we provide.  We believe that all people have the right to be respected, valued and empowered within an environment that is the very best we can provide for each person on every occasion.

The Trust has given consideration to issues of equality and discrimination in the development of this strategy and plans to do this before making any policy decision that may impact on protected groups. This requirement is seen as an integral and important part of the mechanisms for ensuring the aims of anti-discrimination legislation in the Equality Act 2010.

The Trust’s strategic approach is that actions taken by the Trust e.g. delivering, buying, redesigning health care must be generally applicable, but with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the possible level of disadvantage experienced by different communities including those with different protected characteristics. The Trust is also obliged to promote and protect people’s human rights in carrying out its functions as set out in the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution 2012.

This strategy intends to enable the Trust in meeting this through ensuring services delivered by the Trust are tailored to meet people’s needs and  are fully accessible and that our staff will be engaged and supported by fair employment and good work, that attracts, retains and develops the best talent from across society.

Download the Equality & Human Rights Strategy (link for staff only)

Listening to the views of our service users, relatives and carers is extremely important to us.  Your experiences about accessing the services we provide help us to ensure that our Equality & Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan is a living, breathing document that truly reflects the needs of our service users.

If you have any specific access requirements and would like to receive the scheme in a different format, please contact the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team:

By telephone: 0161 604 5893

By email: equality@pat.nhs.uk