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Diversity, Inclusion & Human Rights

At Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, we recognise that Liverpool and the surrounding areas are made up of a variety of different communities, each with their own needs and priorities. This same variety of needs applies inside the Trust as well as outside and is reflected in the diversity of our workforce.  We appreciate that to accommodate the needs of the diverse community we serve and to provide fully inclusive services, our staff must have a thorough understanding of equality, diversity and human rights.

Liverpool Women’s Commitment to Anti-Racism

“Liverpool Women’s has a strategic objective to drive towards becoming one of the most inclusive organisations in the NHS. The Board has previously agreed that the initial area of focus within our wider inclusion agenda is racial equity.

At a time where statements are no longer enough, here at Liverpool Women’s we want to proactively confront all forms of systemic racism as part of an ongoing commitment to being an anti-racist organisation.

Fundamental to this commitment is to foster an environment where colleagues, patients, their friends and families, from all backgrounds, can thrive - free from discrimination, inequity, unfairness and prejudice. To enable this, we will strive to remove bias – unconscious or otherwise – from our policies and processes and root out bullying, harassment and other unacceptable behaviours.

Being actively anti-racist at LWH means opposing racism through positive actions that purposefully identify, discuss, then challenge racism and the impact it has on our organisation, our systems and our people. 

There is no room for neutrality. LWH is committed to an equitable approach where our people are enriched by their differences ensuring fairness. We can and must do better.

LWH being antiracist is fundamental to ensuring we have the best, talented and diverse people to maintain our longstanding reputation for providing the safest care and outstanding experiences”.

Read full statement here.

Equality Statement

We aim to provide fully inclusive services that are appropriate to everyone’s needs,  and are committed to being an organisation within which diversity is valued and appreciated, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sex or sexual orientation. We recognise that everyone is different and we value the unique contribution that individual experience, knowledge and skills can make in achieving our goals at all levels in the Trust. As a priority, we will continue to develop our organisational culture by providing whatever training and information is necessary to raise awareness of diversity and to deliver services that promote equality and embrace diversity which are valued by everyone who uses them.

Equality Objectives

We have developed a set of Equality Objectives and an associated Action Plan that together show how committed we are to promoting equality of opportunity and to tackling discrimination around access to health services and around the way our staff are treated. We believe that our approach meets the public sector duties set out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We strive to deliver services that take account of the human rights of every patient and member of staff.

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