Equality and Diversity

Everyone who uses services from Sussex Community NHS Trust is entitled to be treated fairly and valued equally. This means that you should not be discriminated against on the basis of your age, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances or caring responsibilities.

The Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Equality Delivery System together aim to deliver improved health outcomes and equality for patients. Sussex Community Trust is expected to seek your views about your health care, and publish information and data to show how we are making improvements.

You can read our equality objectives to improve health care provision over the next four years.

Equality Information and Data - complying with our duties under the Equality Act 2010

SCT Equality Objectives 2012-2016

Progress against the Trust’s equality objectives is reported quarterly to the Trust’s Equality and Diversity Board. See section below for quarterly reports, and on an annual basis to the Trust Board.

  • Improve patient engagement with Seldom Heard Groups in order to reduce health inequalities
  • Establish widely available and corporately well managed accessibility to services sensitive to patient needs.
  • Meet annual quotas for the completion of updated face-to-face or on-line mandatory Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Staff Training, appropriate to role 
  • Leaders understand their role in the context of delivering against the Equality Act 2010

Read the Equality and Diversity Annual Report
Read the Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) Report. For further information about the Workforce Race Equality Standard please visit NHS England.

People with disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.

Living Wage Employer

We became a Living Wage Employer in September 2013.