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Equality and Diversity 

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Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to creating a fully inclusive and accessible service.

Making equality and diversity an integral part of the business will enable us to enhance the services we deliver and better meet the needs of patients and staff.

We will treat people with dignity and respect, actively promote equality and diversity, and eliminate all forms of discrimination regardless of (but not limited to) age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership and pregnancy/ maternity.

The Trust has implemented the Equality Delivery System.

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a framework that supports NHS Organisations to deliver better services for patients and communities which are personal, fair and diverse. It helps us to meet the requirements of the Equality Duty which include having due regard for the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups.
  • Foster good relations between different groups.

The primary purpose of the EDS is to create conversations between NHS Organisations and their patients, the public and stakeholders. These conversations will help us to assess our performance, and with your help enable us to agree what equality objectives should be prioritised and the actions required

The Trust has gone some way towards embedding Equality and Diversity into its day to day business including:

  • Equality Impact Assessments are undertaken on all appropriate policies, strategies, procurement and service and organisational proposals
  • Our assurance processes now include the equality aspects for each of the Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety
  • The Trust has published its Equality and Diversity Policy (to view the policy click here)
  • A steering group has been formed which has responsibility for ensuring progress against the EDS goals and against our equality objectives. This group reports to the Trust Baord via the HR and OD Committee (to view terms of reference click here).
  • Equality and Diversity is included in the Trust’s induction programme, the mandatory update programme, HCA and preceptorship training and F1 and F2 Doctors training.
  • Bespoke Valuing People training is available either by request or if required following complaints or incidents.
  • The Equality and Diversity leads review information including patient feedback, workforce data and the results of patient and staff surveys, on a monthly basis to identify any possible equality issues and develop ways of addressing them with the Senior Management Team as required.

Local Population 

2011 Census tells us that the South West region is the second least diverse with respect to ethnicity with the population being 95.4% white. Within this the population of Plymouth is 96.1% white

The census figures for gender show that nationally, 50.8% of the population is female which reflects the 2010 equalities review by Plymouth City Council Social Inclusion unit which found that 50.7% of the population of Plymouth is female.

For the South West region the census shows that 60.4% of the population is Christian, 29.3% have no religion, 1.0% are Muslim, 1.5% other and 7.9% did not state their religion

Please click on the links below to see our equality data summaries (all information on the Equality and Diversity web pages is available in alternative formats upon request).

Patient data

Inpatients 2013

There has been a slight decrease in the proportion of patient ethnicity that is recorded as unknown. This is in part due to the introduction of the electronic sign in kiosks in outpatient areas which allows patients to update this information themselves

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report

As part of the Trust's commitment to promoting equality we have implemented and the Workforce Race Equality Standard. Our report can be found here.

Workforce data

Workforce Profile (snapshot as of 31 December 2014)

The workforce consists of 74.2% females and 25.8% males

The highest proportion for each characteristic is:

Age 45-49

No disability




There are however high proportions of individuals not declaring for disability (18.7%), sexual orientation (25.0%) and religion (31.7%), however these figures show a decrease from last year




Starters and Leavers

There is a higher turnover of employees in the Medical and Dental Staff Group due to the annual rotation of Junior Medical and Dental employees

The highest proportion of leavers is within the 25-29 age group.


The highest proportion of promotions can be seen in the 30-34 age group with the least being in above 60 age group.

There is a lower proportion of promotions in the BME workforce (5.1%) compared to the overall proportion of BME employees in the workforce (10.8%), although this has improved slightly from last year.


The highest proportion of grievances were seen in the female group (72.4%) which is in line with the workforce profile overall (74.2%)


The highest proportion of disciplinary processes were seen in the 50-54(16.5%) and 55-59 (17.4) age groups which is higher than the workforce as a whole


There is an apparent high proportion of  male complainants, however the numbers are very low


There were a lower proportion of dismissals in BME staff(2.6%) as compared to 10.8% of the workforce overall, however the numbers are very low


100% of the compulsory redundancies were female, however the numbers are extremely low


The largest local gender pay gap can be seen in the Admin and Clerical staff group with men, on average, paid 30% more than women. This compares more favourable to the national average which shows a 37% difference in the pay between males and females

For all staff groups the Trust's local pay gap is more favourable than the national figures. The Trust figure is 32% compared to the national pay gap of 43%



Work will be undertaken by the Equality and Diversity leads to investigate this data further and to audit processes to ensure they are used in a fair and transparent way.

Through the ongoing development of embedding the EDS principles the Trust are aware of gaps within specific data for some of the protected characteristics; this is being addressed in the relevant action plans for the appropriate EDS outcomes


If you have any comments or suggestions about our services either as a service user or as a member of our workforce, please contact:

For service users:

Equality and Diversity Lead (Service), Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Organisational Development, Level 2, NU Building, Brest Rd, Plymouth PL6 5YE. Tel: 01752 437251.

For our workforce:

Equality and Diversity Lead (Workforce), Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Organisational Development, Level 2, NU Building, Brest Rd Plymouth PL6 5YE.Tel: 01752 437610. 

Useful Information

Other organisations

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) - Provide advice and guidance about employee rights at work and age issues. Helpline: 0845 7474747 Website: www.acas.org.uk.

Employers’ Forum on Age - Independent network of leading employers working to attract and retain valuable employees and tackle ageism at work.
Website: www.efa.org.uk   Telephone: 0845 4562495

Equality and Humna Rights Commission (EHRC) - Independent advocate for equality & human rights in Britain.  Website: www.equalityhumanrights.com

Disability Information and Advice Centre (DIAC) - Confidential, free and impartial service in an accessible centre for anyone with a disability, older people, carers or professionals. Tel: 01752 201065 Text phone: 01752 201766. www.plymouthguild.org.uk/disability-advice/

Jobcentre Plus - Access to Work Advisors provide help and support for people with disabilities Tel: (01752) 616122 Web: www.dwp.gov.uk/about-dwp/customer-delivery/jobcentre-plus/

Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. Good section on Discrimination in employment. Website: www.berr.gov.uk  tel: 0207 2155000

Gypsies and Travellers - Friends, Families and Travellers www.gypsy-traveller.org

Plymouth and District Race Equality Council (PDREC) - Public information, advice and services for black and other ethnic minorities in the Plymouth area. Tel: (01752) 224555 Website: www.plymouthrec.org

Interfaith Network for the UK - The Inter Faith Network was founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country Website:www.interfaith.org.uk

Department of Pastoral and Spiritual Care - Based at Derriford Hospital, and serving the needs of patients and staff within the Trust. Tel: 0845 1558172

Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity - Promoting the education of religious and cultural diversity in Plymouth. Website: www.pcfcd.co.uk  Tel: 01752 254438 or e-mail info@pcfcd.co.uk

Stonewall - Work to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. Website: www.stonewall.org.uk

Plymouth Pride Forum - Working to make Plymouth an area where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and communities, can live, work and celebrate life free from discrimination, prejudice and fear. Website: www.plymouthprideforum.co.uk

The Curvies - A Devonport-based support and social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Provides guidance to relevant organisations or people. Contact (in confidence) 07837341777 for more details.

The Eddystone Trust - Offers information and support for anyone concerned or affected by HIV and AIDS, and other sexual health issues. Tel: 0800 328 3508 or e-mail info@eddystone.org.uk





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