We are committed to embedding inclusion and diversity throughout all we do. We want to promote equality, embrace diversity and ensure that all services are accessible to everyone.
What is Equality and Diversity?
Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has an equal level of opportunity to participate and to fulfill their potential as an individual member of society.
Diversity is about recognising and valuing differences to be found between individuals. Diversity results from differences such as age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic background, physical or mental abilities, religion or belief, social, domestic or economic circumstances.
All of these factors provide different experiences, perspectives and knowledge, which in turn can be of value to other people or organisations.
What are Human Rights?
Human rights’ are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For the first time, the Universal Declaration set out the fundamental rights and freedoms shared by all human beings. Human Rights Values: FREDA – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity, Autonomy.
What it means for us
All public bodies and NHS organisations have a number of legal obligations placed on us by the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 2012 and the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
We have to commission and provide services that are easily accessible to everyone, are appropriate to our patient’s needs and that reduce health inequality. We support the services to do this to the best of their ability and are constantly looking for improvements in this area.
We are also committed to having a diverse workforce, which reflects our local community. We want to be an organisation that people want to work for, regardless of your background or personal characteristics. Our aim for all staff to realise their full potential and be treated with dignity and mutual respect. A copy of our strategy can be found below.
Demographics of Wigan Borough
The video below outlines the demographics of our Borough:
What are protected characteristics?
Nationally there are 9 characteristics that are protected in law.
We will often do targeted engagement exercises to get a broad range of involvement and engagement from the following protected characteristic groups:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage & Civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Locally we also look at:
We do this because we know that people with a protected characteristic and those who are carers, live in deprived areas or have been in any of the armed forces are more likely to have health problems and also face more problems accessing health services. This is for many different reasons depending on the group. For example, it could be:
- not having English as a first language
- difficulty getting sign language translators
- information not provided in braille, large print
- information provided is too detailed and technical and not easy to understand
- fear of discrimination or being judged
- because it is not culturally acceptable to seek help or admit weakness
- the building isn’t easy to get to, park at or there aren’t the right facilities inside
We work with many different groups to understand what barriers they face and why because this means we can make sure local services meet the needs of all the groups of the community.