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Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy

Document category: Trust wide policy

Document date: July 1, 2018

The Trust supports the principle of ensuring equal opportunity in employment.  It is the aim of the Trust to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment, where it cannot be shown to be justifiable, on the grounds of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, social and employment status, HIV status, gender reassignment, or political affiliation or trade union status; This principle will apply to recruitment and selection, promotion, transfer, training, discipline and grievance and all terms and conditions of employment

Policies and procedures will be developed and reviewed to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities.

The Trust’s Mission, Vision, and Values includes in its values that the Trust will ‘treat all people fairly with dignity and respect and recognise rights and responsibilities’.

The Trust will develop plans to ensure it is compliant with the Equality Act 2010, particularly as it applies to the public sector.

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED or general duty) has three aims, which the Trust is expected to take into account when providing its services:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Equality of opportunity means that diversity is viewed positively.  The Trust recognises that everyone is different and has a unique contribution through their experience, knowledge and skills.

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