Annual equality report unveiled

Annual equality report unveiled

As an organisation, it’s important for us that staff feel able to bring their whole self to work without fear of prejudice and that all patients can access our services.

Every year we produce a report highlighting what we’ve done as an organisation to make sure we’re an inclusive organisation and employer of choice, identifying where we think we can improve.

The report highlights:

  • Only 1.5% of our workforce come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds
  • BAME staff reported a reduction in discrimination and harassment, bullying and abuse from their colleagues and more BAME staff believe we offer equal career progression opportunities than their white colleagues
  • The percentage of women in our workforce has increased to 45.7% and the pay gap between men and women is reducing in most areas
  • More disabled people are coming to work for us – but they are more likely to experience bullying and harassment from patients and their colleagues and feel generally less engaged than their non-disabled colleagues
  • There is no BAME or disabled or LGBT representation at Board level
  • In general LGBT people report good levels of satisfaction through our staff survey but some the data suggests we still have more work to do, especially to support gay men

Mark Johns, engagement, diversity and inclusion manager, said: “Overall, this year’s report shows we have made good progress across most areas of equality, diversity and inclusion for staff.

“We’ve made some good improvements on race equality: we continue to provide fair and equal access to employment opportunities, BAME people aren’t overly represented in disciplinaries and many of our staff survey figures are improving.

“We’ve made really good progress in reducing our gender pay gap and we’re now employing women in our more senior roles. It’s also great to see that more disabled people are coming to work for us, which is reflected in our leader status under the disability confident scheme.

“However, there is still work to do in all areas of equality; we have no BAME, LGBT or disabled representation at Board level, there has been a slight drop in the median pay for women, and our disabled colleagues are telling us they fare less well in several categories in our annual staff survey.

“We are committed to making improvements and we’re working with our staff network groups to improve our service further. We’re also in the process of bringing more diversity into the board by creating associate director positions to provide more opportunities to develop their leadership skills.”

You can read the full report here

If you have any further queries, please contact diversity@neas.nhs.uk 

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