Equality and diversity

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NHS Kernow is committed to promoting equality in access to services, health outcomes and in employment for all members of the diverse community it serves. We aim to ensure that this is at the centre of our work, and is integral to all of our functions and policies.

Gender Pay Gap

All employers with 250 or more employees (we have around 270 employees) are now required to publish annually figures setting out the average pay gap between men and women as a mean (average hourly basis) and median (hourly pay average of the person in the middle).

Gender pay gap reports

Human rights

NHS Kernow is committed to ensuring all NHS services respect human rights, treat people fairly and equitably, recognise the needs of the diverse communities we serve and meet local needs.

Read our human rights statement and guidance (PDF, 363 KB). This document is an explanation of the law surrounding human rights. It gives advice and guidance to staff and the public about the law on human rights and what this means in a healthcare environment.

Public sector equality duty compliance

Setting and publishing equality information is part of NHS Kernow’s compliance with the Equality Act (2010) and the demonstration of meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty. Read our equality information report (PDF, 1 MB)

NHS Kernow’s overarching equality objectives are:

  • changes across services are informed by engagement of patients, professionals and local communities, and transitions are made smoothly
  • embed the principles of the Accessible Information Standard
  • staff receive equal pay for work of equal value
  • staff are free from abuse, harassment, bullying, violence from both patients and their relatives and colleagues with redress being available and fair for all

Workforce Race Equality Standard

The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) aims to highlight differences between the experience and treatment of white staff and BME staff in the NHS. With a view to closing the experience gap in those metrics. Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS healthcare providers.

Read our WRES summary report (PDF, 582 KB) and view our WRES action plan (PDF, 235 KB).