Equality and Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion - NHS Employers

University Hospitals Plymouth 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.

Our aim is to eliminate both health and workplace inequalities by ensuring we continually demonstrate inclusive practices not just in our processes but in our behaviour and to make this an integral part of everyday business. 

The Trust is committed to 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
  • 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, along with a dedicated Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment class for all recruiting managers.
  • Rainbow badge logo Launch of the Rainbow Badge in October 2019 to support both LGBT+ colleagues and patients. Since October 2019, we have received in excess of over 1300 pledges from colleagues to show their commitment to inclusion and the badge is a visible representation of this.
  • NHS Health Passport was launched across UHP to support colleagues with a disability as they move through their roles within the NHS, allowing individuals to easily record information about their condition and support conversations with line managers around their difficulties and reasonable adjustments for their role.
  • Project SEARCH logoAs of March 2021, ProjectSEARCH has supported 98 interns across 61 departments within the Trust. 65% of these interns have then gained paid employment, with 35 of them working for the Trust.
  • Establishing 5 Staff Networks to discuss issues that affect colleagues who identify with one or more protected groups (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation). Our networks enable us to better understand their lived experience and the issues they face in the workplace and to bridge the gap in experience between colleagues who do not identify with a protected group. We are working in partnership with all our networks to review our position including our workforce equality standards, gender pay gap, EDS2 and to work together to co-create and develop actions that will make the biggest and most positive difference.  Alongside this we are actively fostering good relationships within colleagues in the Trust and external organisations.  We want to encourage and welcome input into how we achieve our aim and uncover our blind spots. Each of our five networks has a dedicated Executive Champion who allow us a direct link to the board who are committed to ensuring we create and maintain a hospital that is inclusive for patients and colleagues.
  • We have also launched a Men's Conversation, which acts as a place where we warmly encourage men to talk openly about issues which are important to them, such as mental health, male specific conditions/diseases, the pandemic, working in a predominantly female environment and more.   
    We want to get a better understanding of how we can better support men and encourage them to engage and to talk about the pressures and issues affecting them.
  • Mindful employer logo University Hospitals NHS Trust has signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health
  • Launching our first #1BigTeam inclusion calendar. Visit here to download more copies: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/2021-calendar
  • disability confident commitedUHP is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer under the UK Government’s  Disability Confident Scheme, a national accreditation scheme which complements the work we do to attract, recruit and retain colleagues with a disability, including those with long-term health conditions.

Mandatory Training Staff Diversity Infographic

Learn more about Staff Networks at UHP

Local Population  

Plymouth’s population has increased by over 15,000 (6%) since 2006, yet this is below the growth rate in England (8.4%).  Plymouth, at mid-year 2016, had an estimated population of 264,200; females accounting for 50.2% and males 49.8%. The age groups which have seen the biggest percentage increase over the last 10 years are the 60-65 year olds and those aged 90 and over.  There will be a shift in the population structure of Plymouth over the next 20 years as the proportion of the population aged 65 and over increases.

Overall the health and wellbeing of the Plymouth population is mixed compared with the England average. Life expectancy in Plymouth for males is age 78.5 years and for females 82.5 years. In terms of inequalities, the life expectancy gap between those living in the most deprived areas and those in the least deprived areas remains significant.

The 2011 Census recorded that Christians (58.1%) were still the largest faith community although their numbers had declined significantly since the previous census in 2001. While a majority of people still identify with some religion, our society is becoming more secular: more people than ever before identify with no religion (32.9%). Some faith communities (Islam, Hinduism) grew rapidly between the census in 2001 and the census 2011, principally because of migration. Plymouth is becoming more diverse.

Whilst the proportion of the population that are White British remains higher than the UK average, this is decreasing. At the time of the 2001 census 97 per cent of Plymouth’s population was White British, by 2011 this had decreased to 93 per cent. The Polish, Chinese and Kurdish communities are amongst the largest.

The census records show that there are at least 43 main languages spoken in the city and nearly 100 different languages are spoken in Plymouth schools. Local population growth between the 2001 and 2011 census had been driven by migration from outside the UK (63%), most commonly from newly admitted EU countries. Plymouth is also a dispersal area for asylum seekers; around 300 people will be accommodated in the city at any given time. There is no precise local data on numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Plymouth, but nationally the government have estimated this to be between 5-7 per cent and the Stonewall Charity agree with this estimation.

Between April 2016 and January 2017 there were 346 crimes recorded that were identified as a hate crime. This is an increase of 86 crimes (33%) on the same period in 2015/16. An analysis of hate crime offences and hate incidents reveals that around 75% per cent were categorised as racism.

Plymouth remains a relatively low wage economy with over 20% of the city’s households earning less than £17,500 and over half earning less than £27,000. Alongside this, the proportion of those excluded from the labour market in Plymouth has been increasing since 2010. Over 29% of adults in Plymouth are already over indebted, one of the highest levels in the country and the highest in the South West.  28% of Plymouth households do not have access to a vehicle.

(Source: Plymouth City Council Report 2017)


Legal Framework and Public Sector Duty

Our inclusion agenda recognises that everyone matters as well as understanding that there are times when people, particularly those from protected groups*, may face unfairness and discrimination.  We have a moral responsibility to work in a way that creates fairness as well as a legal and public sector duty which we take very seriously. 


Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.  The Act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws including the Race Relations Act 1976, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.  A single Act makes the law easier to understand and strengthens protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone. Find out more about who is protected from discrimination, the types of discrimination under the law and what action you can take if you feel you’ve been unfairly discriminated against.  Source: www.gov.uk


Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The legislation acknowledges that in some circumstances, compliance with the PSED may involve treating some persons more favourably than others, but not where this would be prohibited by other provisions of the Act.


Key steps to consider based on Brown’s principles (www.gov.uk):

· Understanding and awareness of the duties

· Inequalities taken into account before and whilst decision is being considered

· Sound evidence and information underpins decision making

· Duty is considered continuously throughout the decision-making process

* Protected groups as defined by the Equality Act 2010 - age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.




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 please contact:
Jayne Glynn, Quality Commissioning & Patiet inclusion Lead, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Level 7, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH Tel:   01752 439695

For workforce users please contact:
Jenny Birchall, HR Business Partner, HR Department,  Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Level 2, NU Building, Brest Rd, Plymouth PL6 5YE. Tel: 01752 437042

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Equality data summaries

Patient data

Patient Analysis 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


Equality Delivery System – EDS2

The Trust has completed an assessment against the four  goals of the Equality Delivery System. This report was produced in December 2020.

Download the Equality Delivery System assessment


Workforce Race Equality Standard Report

As part of the Trust's commitment to promoting equality we have implemented  the Workforce Race Equality Standard.  Read our latest  Workforce Race Equality Standard report.

WRES Data 2017-18

Improving race equality infographic 2020 [pdf] 806KB


Workforce Disability Equality Standard

As part of the Trust's commitment to promoting equality we have implemented the Workforce Disability Equality Standard. Read our latest Workforce Disability report

Gender Pay Gap 

Gender Pay Gap Report (31st March 2019) 

Gender Pay Gap Report (31 March 2018) 

Gender Pay Gap Report (31 March 2017)