Equality information

Equality information enables us to understand the impact of our policies and practices on the people who use our services and on our staff.

We are required to publish – at least once a year – equality information to demonstrate compliance with the three aims of the Equality Duty within the Equality Act 2010.

The aims of the Equality Duty are to give due regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity, and fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 

Equality information helps us to identify areas for concern and informs our action planning. We have used it to inform the development of our Equality Objectives, ensuring a direct relationship between the data and findings and the priorities we are setting for our organisation.

What information are we publishing?

There is no standard set of information that is laid down for all public sector organisations to publish. However, there is guidance on the sort of information that could be included from the Equality and Human Rights Commission which we have followed.

Our equality information includes an annual patient and membership equality profile, our patient survey findings, an annual workforce equality profile and our staff survey findings by equality and diversity indicators where these are recorded.

See the equality information we publish

We carry out equality analysis when developing our policies and services to ensure that we understand the effects they may have on people from different groups that we should consider in the development and planning stages.

Our equality information is agreed at various points in the year and action plans developed accordingly.

Who do we engage with about our equality information and equality and diversity issues?

Engaging with people who use our services and with our staff is fundamental to understanding their particular needs and what matters to them. 

The equality information has been discussed with patients, carers, members, governors, directors, managers and staff. Feedback is used to help us develop action plans and Equality Objectives.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, which includes patient, carer, governor, staff and staff-side representatives, discusses and approves the published equality information, identifying and endorsing areas for action and monitors progress.

Key engagement on equality issues for our patients and other service users is conducted through a number of internal and external forums, which include our Patient and Carer Advisory Group, Council of Governors and Patient Experience and Quality Account Group. 

For our staff, formal engagement is through the Trust Consultative Committee and local engagement includes the Employment Partnership groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Network, Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Forum.

Wherever we can we benchmark our services with other NHS trusts and organisations to ensure we are constantly striving to deliver the best services and provide the best employment opportunities.

Future developments

We recognise that we do not currently gather local data for patients, Members or staff for all the protected characteristics. Plans are being developed to address the gaps where possible and appropriate. 

Where data is captured by national systems work is being done to make changes to the appropriate data sets to ensure that information or data related to protected characteristics are able to be captured and used to facilitate the analysis of service provision. This work will also include reviewing the capturing and monitoring of data related to the workforce, patient and staff surveys.

Published equality information 

Our published equality information below details how we have given due regard to the three aims of the Equality Duty. Integrated governance reportspatient surveys and PCAG agendas, minutes and documents are also available to download. 

If you have any questions about our equality information or if you would like to get involved in the equality work of The Royal Marsden, please contact our Diversity Manager by emailing diversity@rmh.nhs.uk​.

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