Equality and Diversity

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust  is committed to promoting equality of opportunity; celebrating and valuing diversity; eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, including cyber or e-bullying and harassment; and promoting good relations.

We are committed to achieving equality for all by reducing discrimination in employment and service delivery on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

“Everyone is different and unless employers take diversity seriously they will fail to recruit, retain and engage the commitment of the talent needed to sustain and improve performance.”

Disability confident employer

The Trust is proud to be a disability confident employer. We are committed to supporting staff who have a disability or become disabled during the course of their employment and encourage applications from disabled people. We guarantee an interview to those who meet the minimum criteria of the role and make adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

As an accredited disability confident employer we also commit to:

  • Discussing at any time, but at least once a year, what can be done to make sure you can develop and use your abilities.
  • When employees become disabled, making every effort to ensure they stay in employment.
  • Taking action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
  • Reviewing our commitments and what has been achieved each year and planning ways to improve.

Encouraging applications from the BME community

After reviewing workforce data that highlighted a significant under representation from BME communities at certain bands and roles, our Trust decided to run a number of   recruitment workshops to work with their local community and dispel common misconceptions among black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.

As a result, over 60 people received coaching and information on NHS jobs and the trust saw a significant increase in the number of applications from BME communities and received positive feedback. Read our case study here.