Equality and diversity

Our aim is to advance equality, foster good relations and eliminate discrimination. These aims are strategically aligned with equality law, our Public Sector Equality Duty, the NHS Constitution, the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS workforce and people drivers.

This page shares ways we are advancing equality across our workforce in the South East.

Ethnic minority vaccination hesitancy (2020/21)

Communicating our current and future vaccination programmes to our diverse population groups is critical to inflating current health inequalities and ensuring we keep a close watch on wider population health. This document is specifically for anyone interested in framing interventions to reduce concerns about vaccination programmes, especially the current COVID-19 vaccination roll out. Historically, our ethnic minority population groups – staff, patients and other stakeholders – have been harder to reach when it comes to medical interventions and healthcare improvement programmes. We hope this simple guidance can go some way to supporting improvement in the area.

Download the ‘BAME vaccination hesitancy report’ aimed to help providers think about vaccine hesitancy.

Vaccination: race and religion/belief (2021)

The importance of monitoring vaccination literacy, uptake and engagement has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the Government, various arm’s length bodies involved in health and social care have sought to put measures in place, and processes, to gain engagement from marginalised groups to keep communities most at risk, and the wider population safe. This document provides and overview of the work undertaken along with a summary of resources.

Download the ‘Vaccination race and religion/belief report’. 

Standard Operating Process for Management and COVID (2020/21)

Risk assessments for our staff was spotlighted in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of work was undertaken by providers/trusts, ICS/STP and other bodies. This document brings together the basics of risk assessments, the legal framework, governance and recommendations for standard operating procedure. This is usual to anyone who would like to make continuous improvements and support ongoing work on risk assessment compliance and support for our colleagues in the NHS.

Download the ‘Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for management of COVID-19 risk assessments’. 

COVID-19 staff survey, October 2020

The South East EDI Team launched two surveys in 2020 to give voice to BME staff and their daily experiences. It helped inform support on PPE access, fit-testing, risk assessments, wellbeing and speaking up. This is a summary of our findings. It shows that the situation for staff improved between June 2020 and October 2020, particular with regard to access to PPE, however, our ethnic minority staff remain under considerable economic and psychological pressure. We hope you find this document useful to support you in designing interventions for ethnic minority staff and those who support them, and to consider additional work that needs to be done with EDI Leads, ethnic minority staff networks and staff side.

Download the ‘Covid-19 staff survey’.