Trust Equality Objectives 


Under the Equality Act 2010 the Trust must develop and publish Equality Objectives at least every four years. Equality Objectives have to be measurable. On this page you will find information about the Trusts Equality Objectives, how these were decided, progress we hga and what we plan to do in 2012 to 2013 to help achieve these objectives.

How we decided our Equality Objectives

  • We were involved in ‘stakeholders’ event in March 2011, at this event some equality objectives that could be shared with other NHS organisations were agreed.
     
  • We reviewed our NHS Equality Delivery System grading and discussed this in a Workshop which was held in February 2012. We used information from the workshop to help us identify priority areas.
  • We looked at the information which we published in January 2012 about people who work for the Trust and people who use Trust services who are from groups Protected by equality legislation.
  • We discussed what our priorities should be in the Trusts Equality and Human Rights Steering Group
  • We looked at the Trusts strategy to make sure that the Trusts Equality Objectives link to this.
Equality Objective 1

We want to improve the information we have about Patients in protected groups and improve how we use this information.

We chose this objective because when we looked at the information we have about people who use our services we found we had good information about some groups (for example the age and sex of patients) but not others. We also found this when we did our NHS Equality Delivery System grading.

We set an initial target for 2012 – 2013 that by the 31st of March 2013 we would have a good picture of gaps in information about patients in protected groups and have an action plan in place to improve how information is collected.

We reviewed the information we have about patients in protected groups:

  • We found that levels of recording in areas such as ethnicity could be improved.
  • We identified gaps in knowledge about the types of Disability that patients using our services have.

In 2012/13 we improved levels of ethnicity recording; more detail about progress can be found in the 2012/13 Supplementary Information document.

Priority 2013/14

Our priority for 2013/14 is to undertake a pilot project which will include a process for improving recording of sight impairment on our patient information systems and provision of more accessible information.

Equality Objective 2

To share Equality Objectives with other local Health and Social Care organisations

We identified two priorities for this Equality Objective:

1 - We planed to look at the information we have and identify actions to improve the health of people who share protected characteristics and who may experience poor health for other reasons such as poverty. By the 31st of March 2013 we hoped to have an agreement in place to share equalities information for example with other health organisations and Sheffield City Council.

2 - We also planed to increase awareness of what equality means for patients across health organisations and by the 31st of March 2013 we hoped to have produced resource templates based on patient stories.

Progress 2012/13

Progress was delayed in taking forward this objective due to key staff changes. Towards the end of 2012/13 progress had stared to move forward and two areas of action are in place:

  • The Trust is a member of the Sheffield Equality Engagement group – this group has developed a rolling action plan where issues that are raised by group members are logged and action agreed. A number of action areas have been addressed through this process.
     
  • A meeting is due to take place in August 2013 to identify how information can be used collectively by health organisations to identify health inequalities and action to address these.
Equality Objective 3

We wanted to find out if patients in some protected groups do not attend appointments more often, have delays in discharge from hospital or spend longer in hospital.

We chose this Objective because we wanted to find out if patients from some protected groups might be disadvantaged in accessing and using our services.

We planned that by the 31st of March 2013 we would have looked at patient information and have broken this down by age, sex and ethnicity and reviewed this to identify any differences for these groups compared to others.

In 2012/13 we identified that patients in Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups failed to attend appointments more often than patients in White British groups. We planned to work with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to explore this in more detail.

In 2012/13 SHU received funding to run Focus Groups with members of three Sheffield communities to discuss the reasons why they might not attend appointments.

Priority 2013/14

Our priority for 2013/14 is to Support Sheffield Hallam University to submit a proposal for research funding for a more in depth project building on the initial findings from the community focus groups.

We also plan to Identify and action any ‘quick wins’ identified as a result of discussion of the findings of the community focus groups.

Equality Objective 4

We wanted to have as much information as possible about staff in protected groups who work in the organisation and use this information to set annual actions and targets.

We chose this objective because when we started to look at the information we have about staff who work in the organisation we found we had good information about some groups but not others.

We planned that by the 31st of March 2013 we would have improved the information we have about staff by protected group and would have started to develop systems so that managers and teams can use this information.

Progress 2012/13
We achieved these plans – for more information please see the 2013/14 Supplementary Information report.

Priority 2013/14
We plan to identify a new Objective using the employment information we now have.
 

 
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