Equality, diversity and inclusion

We value equality, diversity and inclusion and recognise the many different communities that make Leeds so diverse.

We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity in respect of the way we commission healthcare services and in relation to creating a workforce that is broadly representative of the population we serve.

One of the ways we aim to achieve this through proactive engagement and consultation with service users and carers, engaging with local communities and staff who work within our organisation.

We continue to work with NHS organisations and other partner organisations in Leeds to improve performance in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equal chance to access opportunities. It is not about treating everyone the same way. People may need different things to achieve similar outcomes.

Diversity means ‘difference’. When it is used in the same context as equality, it is about recognising and valuing individual as well as group differences. It also means treating people as individuals and placing positive value on the diversity they bring because of a protected characteristic or cultural background.

Inclusion is about making all groups of people feel included and valued within their society or community. Where individuals or groups of individuals are excluded or feel on the margins of society there is often a direct impact on their health and wellbeing.

To make sure everyone can get the best out of health and care, we need to understand more about our local people. Including what their individual needs are, so when they access services, they get the right care and have the best possible experience.

We know health inequalities exist in Leeds and that some people have different access, experience, and health outcomes. We want to reduce those differences and remove them entirely where possible.

The organisation with statutory responsibility for assuring equality, diversity and inclusion in health and care commissioning and provision for West Yorkshire is NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

If you require any further information about equality, diversity and inclusion please contact Sharon Moore, Senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager: [email protected]

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