NHS Kernow is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed not to discriminate against any staff member or job applicant because of any protected characteristic.
We believe in a workplace which is truly equal. It is our belief that people perform better when they can be themselves. We strive to make this a fair and equal workplace for all. A more diverse workforce makes better decisions. Happier employees mean better outcomes for patients.
Through monitoring data, we strive to know whether NHS Kernow is:
- recruiting employees who may be disadvantaged or under-represented
- broadly representative of our local population
- promoting people fairly
- paying men and women equally
- making progress towards our equality aims
We also try to ensure our policies are inclusive. We use impact assessments to understand the impact of policies on our colleagues and members of the public.
Disability Confident employer
Disability Confident is a scheme to help organisations recruit and retain people with a disability and those with health conditions.
By being disability confident, we aim to:
- help people fulfil their potential
- recruit and retain people with skills and talent
- help to positively change attitudes, behaviours, and culture
Disability Confident helps businesses:
- challenge attitudes towards disability
- increase understanding of disability
- improve employee morale and commitment
- remove barriers for people with a disability
- help people to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations
- draw from the widest possible pool of talent
- save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training
- keep valuable skills and experience
- reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences
- reduce employee turnover
NHS Kernow has signed up to the commitments of the Disability Confident scheme, which are:
- inclusive and accessible recruitment
- communicating vacancies
- offering an interview to people with a disability
- providing reasonable adjustments
- supporting existing employees
NHS Kernow have signed up to the Mindful Employer initiative. This is a long-term pledge. With the right support, people with mental health issues can, and do, stay in work and can be a real asset to our business.
The charter for employers who are positive about mental health is a voluntary agreement.
We have made an ongoing commitment to:
- supply non-judgemental and pro-active support to colleagues who experience mental ill health
- show a positive and enabling attitude to all colleagues and job applicants with a mental health condition
- ensure all line managers have access to information and training about managing mental health in the workplace
- ensure that people involved in recruitment are briefed on mental health conditions and the Equality Act 2010
- be clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against
- make it clear that the disclosure of a mental health problem will help to ensure the right level of support or adjustment
Out prejudice, celebrate diversity
NHS Kernow is committed to inclusion. Our out prejudice, celebrate diversity programme started with our work with Stonewall. We continue this work and are using the lessons learned to make improvements for all protected characteristics.
NHS Kernow shares in Stonewall’s core belief in the power of a workplace that is truly equal. We continue to work on inclusive approaches to support our LGBTQ+ staff. This includes an allies’ network and LGBTQ+ employee network group.