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Equality, diversity and inclusion committee (EDIC) and networks

The trust’s equality, diversity and inclusion committee is responsible for the development and delivery of the trust’s equality, diversity & inclusion agenda. The committee is accountable to the trust board, via the executive team.

The role of the EDIC is to promote inclusion, equality and the understanding of diversity.  This applies to both in terms of the trust as an employer and as a service provider.

The EDIC monitors key areas of the trust's performance (such as staff recruitment, retention and progression and staff survey results) in relation to equality indicators, drawing relevant issues to the attention of the executive team.

The EDIC ensures that the trust acts in accordance with its statutory duties to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The trust has established a number of diversity networks.  The functions and purposes of employee networks are:

  • To help the trust better understand its staff and by doing so to increase staff engagement and help the organisation to perform better.
  • To support the trust to deliver its strategies, goals and objectives
  • To support policy development and review
  • To inform and improve the delivery of services for staff and patients
  • To provide feedback to trust management about perceived workplace barriers and obstacles impacting on employees. 
  • To build links and relationships with different groups within communities
  • To provide a network/support system and positive forum for leadership development, information sharing, networking, peer support and education for participants
  • To celebrate and increase awareness of diversity to enable staff and patients to explore particular issues in relation to their employment or care at the trust.  The current networks include:
    • Disability network
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans network
    • Black and minority ethnic network
    • Gender equality network
    • Dignity and respect action group
    • Learning disabilities network
    • Audiology users group 

The trust has created a policy on network groups which is designed to encourage and support the formation of new groups to represent the interests of staff and patients.

The networks report to the diversity committee and make a valuable contribution in the trust's work on equality and diversity. Please see below for the various groups' terms of reference.