Equality and Diversity

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust embraces the diversity of people from all groups in society, regardless of age, race, religion, belief, disability, gender (including transgender) or sexual orientation. We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination by ensuring that the values underpinning equality, diversity and human rights are central to our policy making, service planning, employment practices and community engagement and involvement.

Although health overall is improving, we know that unacceptable health inequalities persist between different communities in the region. As a provider of both acute and community services, we are in a powerful position to make a lasting difference to the health and wellbeing of the population.

As a major employer, we also want to act as good corporate citizens, working for the welfare and cohesion of our workforce and for the economic regeneration of the region. In spite of progress in employment standards, certain groups remain under-represented in the NHS workforce and also experience difficulty in gaining promotion and making career progress.

Although we have made some gains in embedding equality and diversity as an integral part of the organisation, we still have much to do. As well as fulfilling our statutory responsibilities, we also need to make sure that people in the West Midlands experience real improvements in health and well-being. We would like the West Midlands region to be acknowledged and recognised nationally as a leader of equality and diversity in the workplace, and more importantly in the delivery of high quality healthcare services for all.

Please use the navigation to learn how Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is meeting its legal duties, what our equality and diversity structures are and how we are carrying out this vital work across the region.