Equality, diversity and inclusion

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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.

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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.

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
Floors 8 and 9
20 Churchill Place
Canary Wharf
E14 5HJ

Our staff networks

One of the ways we are helping Barts Health become a place WeBelong is through the development of specific staff networks that contribute to addressing and solving problems for all under-represented and disadvantaged groups and individuals within our organisation.

We have six staff networks:

Our diversity networks offer a place for staff to come together, share experiences and facilitate learning and development. In turn, they help to shape the way we work so we can be an inclusive place for both staff and patients. 

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