Equal opportunities employer

NHS Kernow is an equal opportunities employer. This means we are committed not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of any protected characteristic.
We believe in a workplace which is truly equal. In our work, we strive to make this a fair and equitable workplace for all. We believe that people perform better when they can be themselves. A more diverse workforce makes better decisions. Happier employees means 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, whatever their background
  • checking that men and women’s pay is comparable
  • making progress towards the aims set out in our equality work

We also strive to ensure our policies are inclusive. We use impact assessments to ensure we understand the impact of policies on our colleagues and members of the public.

Disability Confident employer

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.

By being disability confident, we aim to help people fulfil their potential, help to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures. Disability Confident helps businesses:

  • challenge attitudes towards disability
  • increase understanding of disability
  • remove barriers for people with a disability and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensure that people with a disability can fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations
  • draw from the widest possible pool of talent
  • secure and retain high quality colleagues who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing employee turnover
  • keep valuable skills and experience
  • reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences
  • improve employee morale and commitment

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

Mindful Employer

NHS Kernow has signed up to the Mindful Employer initiative, which is run by Workways. 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.

As a result, we have made an ongoing commitment to:

  • provide 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 and selection are briefed on mental health conditions and the Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills
  • 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 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 undertake various strands of work around LGBT workplace equality, including an LGBT allies’ network and LGBT employee network group.

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