Equality, diversity and inclusion

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Our approach

We are dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment, where all our staff are given the tools and support to reach their full potential. Anyone is welcome to apply for a job with us, and we will never discriminate based on race, disability, beliefs, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of identity.  

We recognise that having a diverse workforce that reflects the local populations we serve helps us to improve services and provide a better experience to our patients. 

What we aim to do 

We aim to:

"proactively work towards a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, where our people can bring their whole self to work, and our patients are given inclusive care at the point of entry."

How we’re doing it

The Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is there to ensure high standards are met across the organisation. The Trust provides training to staff on cultural and linguistic issues, and support to staff and service users who may have experienced harassment, bullying or abuse. 

We have a wide range of campaigns and initiatives to help us develop a more inclusive and fair culture, that celebrates our diversity. These include: 

  • The No Excuse for Abuse campaign was developed in response to a British Medical Association report on the abuse that NHS staff have faced at work. It demonstrates CWPT's stance that there is never an excuse for abuse and raises awareness of how to report so that together, we can take action.
  • The Heart of CWPT campaign celebrates our diversity and the many nationalities, faiths, and sexualities that make up our workforce.
  • An inclusion calendar is shared across the Trust to raise awareness of religious or cultural events that our colleagues may observe, and we regularly campaign so that we can learn more about each other and what’s important to us.
  • Staff networks connect our communities and empower our colleagues to use their collective voice to improve the way we do things.
  • Online and in-person Let’s Talk sessions are open to all staff on a wide range of topics related to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

'Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Rano Bains "I am proud to be part of an organisation where we work hard to ensure everyone feels they are treated with respect and has access to the same opportunities. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has a socially inclusive reputation of being open and accessible to all that use our services.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but we will look at our achievements and continue our journey to ensure that our staff work in an environment that embraces equality, diversity and inclusion, and where this is seen as not just a legal requirement but something that is normal and every day."

 - Rano Bains, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.