Equality, diversity and inclusion

We serve one of the most diverse populations in the country, and we're committed to eliminating discrimination, valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity to build and sustain an inclusive environment to deliver and receive safe and compassionate care.

It is our policy to ensure that no service-user, employee or job applicant is treated less favourably on the grounds of their sex, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, social background, marital status, hours worked, responsibilities as a carer, trade union activities, unrelated criminal conviction, or blood-borne virus status.

Our main local areas, Newham and Tower Hamlets, together with Waltham Forest, are among London’s youngest, most diverse and most deprived communities, with a significantly higher proportion of people aged 24 and under than the UK average. Parts of northeast London are also anticipating an increase in residents aged over 65, with resultant implications for health care as older people are generally higher users of health services.

As a healthcare provider and a major local employer, with our vision to be a high performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond, we recognise our role in the wider community to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Positive Action Charter

Our Diversity and Inclusion Positive Action Charter sets out our organisational commitment to positive action in relation to Diversity and Inclusion at Barts Health.

We commit to the following:

  • Taking positive action in how we mobilise our recruitment and retention processes
  • Taking positive action to secure access to workplace adjustments on the basis of need
  • Taking positive action to support, fund and directly engage with staff networks
  • Taking positive action to ensure our WeCare values and behaviours permeate all aspects of our employee experience
  • Taking Positive action to plan services that take into account our population
  • Taking positive action to support all our staff in playing their part in these commitments

Our equality objectives

With our commitment to create a world-class health organisation; one which builds strong relations with its local communities and partners, and which ensures that the needs of patients always come first, we have developed a revised set of equality objectives.

The purpose of setting equality objectives is to strengthen our performance of the general equality duty and to ensure that we are making year-on-year progress in advancing equality and human rights for all protected groups and beyond, with both our patients and carers and those who work in the organisation.

Annual equality information

As equality is at the heart of our continued commitment to be the best employer of choice and the very best environment for receiving healthcare and to also meet statutory requirements, each year we publish our equality information:

How to give us feedback

If you have any suggestions on how we could further improve, please share them with us. You can email the inclusion team or write to:

The Inclusion Team
Organisational Development
Barts Health NHS Trust
Ground Floor, 9 Prescot Street 
London, E1 8PR