Equality and diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equality, diversity and equal opportunities

Oxleas is working towards becoming an equal opportunities employer and service provider. We aim to ensure that staff, service users and carers are not subject to discrimination, bullying and/or harassment on the basis of ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental health, religion or beliefs, social background, membership of a trade union and many other social factors which cause people to have different perspectives on the same set of facts or issues.

Human rights are central to our work, not just in terms of the legal approach, but in terms of the fundamental principles of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy (known as the FREDA principles).

Neglecting people’s human rights is bad for their health. In contrast, the protection and promotion of their human rights is not only good for individuals’ health, it also makes for better services for everyone.

Putting human rights at the heart of Oxleas helps improve the experience and outcomes for patients, service users and staff by approaching services and decisions in a person-centred way. Some examples of human rights issues in practice include: unsanitary conditions, excessive force in restraint, staff disciplinary procedures, privacy on wards and family visits.

Our human rights based approach at Oxleas:

  • puts human rights at the heart of policy and planning
  • ensures accountability
  • empowers staff and service users
  • enables participation and involvement
  • creates an environment where non-discrimination and attention to vulnerable groups is part of service delivery.

We developed our Single Equality Scheme (SES) to ensure that all staff, service users and their carers are fully aware of our vision and commitment to provide equality of opportunity in all of our functions.

For more information please contact Christine Rivers, Equality and Diversity Adviser, on 01322 625700 x 5817.

We have published data which demonstrates how we meet the Equality Act requirements which you can find on our Equality Data page.