Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Hanham Secure Health is dedicated to working towards its goal of being an organisation where equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do. Whether you are a member of staff, a patient, part of the wider healthcare community or a partner alongside whom we work; want to ensure that each and every interaction you have with our organisation is one in which you are treated with dignity and respect.
We commit to the following standards, principles and actions, which we strongly believe will allow us to deliver this vision:
We will recognise, support and empower the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout our organisation
We will listen to and understand the diverse needs of all people in order to make our information, services and products more accessible and inclusive
We will ensure that equal opportunities are integral to how we recruit and treat our workforce
We will address all allegations of discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation in an effective, timely and sensitive manner
We will recognise, value and celebrate diversity and build good relations and understanding between people
We will achieve these commitments through the following three approaches:
As part of our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive employer and care provider, we have taken inspiration from the national rainbow badge scheme the NHS launched last year; going one step further in encouraging all members of staff to pledge to reduce inequalities and to provide support and signposting to LGBT+ people.
A recent Stonewall survey* estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not ‘out’ to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care. It also found that one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination. Despite the progress made towards LGBT+ equality in recent years, many LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
The second part of our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive employer and care provider will ensure that we continue to review, build and respond to the call to action on race equality. All members of staff are encouraged to pledge to champion race equality in order to ensure that employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds receive fair treatment in the workplace.
The King’s Fund produced a report* on the scale of the issue that highlights how the experiences of staff can vary depending on their age, gender and ethnicity. The historical issues of institutional racism in healthcare have been brought sharply into focus by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recharged Black Lives Matter movement.
Opportunity for All
With high rates of poor mental health and challenges when accessing healthcare also a contributing factor, the final part of HSH’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter will ensure equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.
Everyone is equal and deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. Wearing the HSH rainbow badge is a commitment to making that happen, and to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Valuing and using the talents, expertise and knowledge of every single member of staff is a key driver in helping us to become the best place to work and to deliver services that meet the needs of the diverse patient populations that we serve.
If you see one of our staff wearing a rainbow badge, they have made an informed choice to do so. This means you can be sure they are a friendly ear, willing to listen without judgment and will know how to signpost you to the support available; so, please don’t be afraid to talk to them.