Equality & Diversity

The Trust is committed to providing an equal environment which eliminates victimisation, discrimination and harassment for all staff and service users. We are committed to delivering accessible services to all communities living in Cumbria. Our aim is to prevent discrimination and victimisation and improve the quality of life for all which in return will improve the quality of our workforce, the services we deliver and the environment under which service users receive care, treatment and support.

To ensure that Equality & Diversity is part of everyday life within the Trust we aim to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

To find out more about Equality and Diversity in the Trust please refer to the Equality and Diversity Policy which can be accessed here and on the policy section of the website.

If you are a staff member and you have a concern regarding Equality and Diversity you can phone the free confidential staff support line.

2017 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Report 


Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 came in to force on 1st October 2010. The aim of the Equality Act is to:

  • Help make Britain a more equal society
  • Provide new cross-cutting legislative framework protecting the rights of individuals

Under the act individuals are protected under 9 protected characteristics which relate to 7 types of discrimination. We have also developed a summary of how individuals are protected from discrimination.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Equality and Quality Impact Assessment (EQIA)

Equality and Diversity Representatives

The Representatives play a key role within Equality and Diversity at the Trust. They promote Equality and Diversity and aid in engaging staff and service users.

We are currently updating our list of equality and diversity representatives, if you would like to become involved please contact suzanne.hamilton@cumbria.nhs.uk