We recognise that everyone is different and we are committed to working for equality and fairness for our staff and people who use our services including those with disabilities, people who are lesbian, bisexual, gay or transgender and those from minority backgrounds.
Surrey and Borders Partnership is passionate about developing a culture that values human differences and similarities at every level of the organisation.
We are also committed to ensuring that we:
We have teamed up with Disabled Go to help disabled people plan visits to Trust services with information on all of our sites and accessibility details. Visit our pages on the Disabled Go website.
The EDS is aimed at improving the equality performance of the NHS and embedding equality into mainstream business. It is about real people making real improvements, that can be sustained over time and focuses on the things that matter the most for people who use our services, communities and staff. The EDS emphasises genuine engagement, transparency and the effective use of evidence.
Surrey and Borders is a Stonewall Champion promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - both those who use our services and our staff.
We are currently developing a three year Single Equality Scheme which reflects changes in our statutory duty, as defined in the Equality Act 2010 as well as our ongoing commitment to the points mentioned above.
Our Single Equality Scheme 2010-2013 will strive to ensure these outcomes are met and monitored, enabling the Trust to continue its aim to deliver world class services and employment practices across Surrey and North East Hampshire, none of which can be achieved without delivering a legacy of positive change for everyone who uses our services and those that we employ.
Our scheme is based on feedback received from people who use services, carers, staff and other stakeholders during the consultation period in 2010.