Diversity and Inclusion

Trust Position Statement

Legal Requirements  

The Equality Act 2010 was the most fundamental overhaul of UK anti-discrimination and equality legislation ever. The two main purposes were:

  1. To strengthen and harmonise discrimination law
  2. Strengthen the law to support progress on Equality

The Act goes a long way towards harmonisation but differences remain in how different Protected Characteristics are addressed. The Act provides the same levels of protection from discrimination across all the Protected Characteristics and all sectors. The Act streamlined, simplified and consolidated approximately 116 pieces of separate equality legislation

The Act places a duty on public sector organisations.

It outlaws direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation of people with a number of protected characteristics:

 Age

 Gender

 Disability

 Sexual orientation                                               

 Religion and belief

 Race and ethnicity

 Disability

 Pregnancy and maternity

 Marriage and civil partnership

Public Sector Equality Duty

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is committed to being inclusive, fair and equitable to our staff, patients, carers and the communities we serve. As a Trust we are required under the Equality Act 2010, to demonstrate that we are meeting our legal duties when it comes to equality and diversity.

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is part of the Equality Act 2010 and came into force in April 2011. This duty requires NHS organisations and other public bodies to:

  • Comply with the General Equality Duty
  • Comply with the Specific Duty
  • Publish Equality Objectives every four years

Annual Equality Report – 2017