NHS Forth Valley's vision is to be a just and inclusive organisation where everyone who receives services or works for us has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
This cannot be achieved if there is prejudice, discrimination, or alienation, or whilst people in our community are excluded. Services need to be accessible, appropriate and sensitive to the needs of all service users. No-one should be excluded or experience particular difficulty in accessing and effectively using our services due to their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race/ethnicity, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
As an Equal Opportunities employer we will strive to have staff with the right skills to deliver equitable and quality services. We are committed to ensuring that our employees are not discriminated against and are appropriately supported in the workplace.
NHS Forth Valley is committed to developing an organisational culture that promotes Equality and Diversity.
The current NHS Forth Valley Integrated Health Care Strategy sets out the Board's vision and objectives for the period 2011 to 2014. The Board's strategic vision is in line with the Scottish Government's 20:20 vision and the objectives and values are as follows:
Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has an equal level of opportunity to participate and to fulfill their potential as an individual member of society. The nine protected characteristics are:
Diversity is about recognising and valuing differences to be found between individuals. Diversity results from differences including age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnerships, pregnancy & maternity, race/ethnicity, religion/belief, and sexual orientation, employment circumstances or background. All of these factors provide different experiences, perspectives and knowledge, which in turn can be of value to other people or organisations.
The public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 came into force in April 2011 - this is often referred to as the general duty. Scottish public authorities must have 'due regard' to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.
Under the public sector equality duty specific duties we have published: NHS Forth Valley Equality Delivery Mainstreaming Report 2013 - 17
Long term NHS outcome 1: Within NHS Forth Valley, everyone has the best start in life and is able to live longer and healthier lives,
Outcome 1: LGB &T, Disabled, ethnic minority and people of various ages have a positive experience of services that are equality informed and are sensitive to their diverse needs and potential impact of discrimination
Long term NHS outcome 2: Within NHS Forth Valley everyone has a positive experience of health care.
Long term NHS outcome 3: Within NHS Forth Valley, people are able to live well in the community.
NHS Forth Valley is committed to ensuring that all our employment policies and practices for staff are fair, advance equality of outcome, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.
To inform our areas of improvement we gather quality monitoring data covering all our staff.
We will publish an annual summary on line of the employment monitoring data we have collated and considered in our workforce equality and diversity reports.
We are delighted to publish our mainstreaming report which reflects work completed to date to mainstream equality within our working practice.
This report includes details on:
Easy Read Version - This information is currently under development and will be made available in the near future.
Equality Impact Assessment Screening completed on the: NHS Forth Valley Equality Delivery Report and Outcomes 2013-17
As required by the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 we will publish information about our Equality outcomes, the action we have taken and the progress we have made to achieve them to enable us to provide evidence that the public can use to assess our performance on equality.
Although the legislative requirements are that we must publish a report on the progress made no later than 30 April 2015, NHS Forth Valley has decided to update the public on an annual basis. The first Report will be made available in March 2014.
The report will highlight our achievements and reflect the progress made regarding our equality outcomes and action plans.
Information on previous Equality Schemes and Annual Reports can be found within our archived section of the Equality and Diversity web site. Please go to NHS Forth Valley Equality and Diversity Archive
Forth Valley NHS Diversity Calendar 2012(pdf, 6.3mb)