Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We work to ensure that all staff, patients and carers:

  • are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour
  • have equal access to employment, promotion and development
  • have equal access to services
  • have their needs considered as we develop services

This means that equality and human rights are:

  • embedded in our business planning
  • fully considered within our governance structures
  • part of the personal development of all staff

Working with our communities

Our responsibilities for engaging and consulting with the public, including diverse and hard-to-reach communities, are set out in a number of documents including Section 242 of the Health and Social Care Act.


We support our zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination with a number of networks to help staff speak up on any issues. Colleagues considering the impact of their service on the diverse groups of people we serve can also consult with these groups.

They include:

  • Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)Staff Network (promoting racial equality for all NUH employees).
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) (group promoting equality in sexual orientation, open to all staff who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as allies).
  • Staffability (a network for disabled staff promoting disability equality and challenging stigma).
  • Carers (the carers network has merged with the Staffability network since 2019)