New health charter aims to promote equality for patients and staff in Derbyshire

A NEW charter signifying the NHS’ commitment to promoting equality for all patients and staff has been signed by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County.

Chief executive David Sharp joined health colleagues from across Derbyshire to pledge support to the commitments set out in the Charter and the new NHS Equality Delivery System.

The Equality Delivery System is a new nationally-backed initiative which the Department of Health expects every NHS organisation in the country to implement. It has been designed to help NHS organisations embed equality in their day to day business.

The system aims to improve health outcomes and the accessibility of health information and services for all.

The Equalities Charter spells out NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County’s commitment to ‘better health outcomes for all’, ‘improved patient access and experience’, ‘empowered, engaged and well-supported staff’ and ‘inclusive leadership at all levels’.

Flexible working, fair and transparent staff recruitment processes and ensuring staff work environments are free from discrimination is also key.

Mr Sharp said: “The NHS touches lives in many different ways, and everyone has a right to high quality, accessible and equitable health care, so I am delighted to be involved in launching this important Charter.

“We are committed to an NHS in Derbyshire which offers fair treatment for all, and services delivered with dignity and respect.”