Hospitals to showcase work on equality, diversity and inclusion

Patients and the public are being invited to a special event next week focusing on local hospitals’ work around equality, diversity and inclusion.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will host the session on Tuesday 4th October as a means of showcasing work carried out to improve care and accessibility for diverse groups.

Guests will receive a valuable insight into the changing make-up of our local population, as well as being briefed on the Trust’s own equality objectives and the various pieces of legislation it must comply with.

The presentation will then use real-life examples of work which has been carried out across both Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary to cater for the diverse needs of patients, staff and visitors.

Jackie Railton, Chair of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, says:

“One of the great things about Hull and the East Riding is the very rich and diverse community we have, so it’s important for the Trust, as a provider of healthcare services, to ensure we can meet the needs of the people who live here.

“Work to accommodate the diverse needs of our patients, visitors, and of course, our staff too, takes many forms. We look at things like accessibility and signage for disabled people when designing new buildings, for example, but we also provide alternative meal menus for those with special dietary or religious needs, interpretation services for non-English speakers, and we are now are looking at ways of using technology to improve communication and access to information.

“Key in helping us to achieve this is the support of our workforce and the input of patient and community groups; their experience and expertise is invaluable in guiding what we do and how we approach such matters sensitively and effectively.

“We’d now like to encourage local people to come and hear about our work around equality, diversity and inclusion, and join the discussion on how we may improve the experience of both patients and staff still further.”

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion presentation will take place at 10am on Tuesday 4th October at Hull Royal Infirmary. For more details or to reserve your place, call (01482) 675165 or email membership.team@hey.nhs.uk   

If you have any special requirements with regard to access or require the assistance of a British Sign Language Interpreter, please let us know when reserving your place.