What is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Equality means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and with dignity and respect and given the same opportunities.
Diversity is about celebrating people’s differences and promoting an environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience.
Inclusion is providing a space where everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources, and where everyone feels valued and accepted.
We are committed to embedding and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our work at St Ann’s Hospice. We want care to be accessible to all, our workforce to be diverse and reflective of our community, and all our differences and things that make each of us unique to be celebrated.
Our determination to be an equal and diverse organisation is ongoing and we are always working hard to learn and improve. We are proud that we have worked on the following projects:
- Inequalities Workshops
Over the course of the last 12 months, the LD, LGBTQ+ and Homeless Palliative Care Coordinators, delivered workshops to staff across the Hospice workforce, both internally and externally. The workshops provided an in-depth overview of the experiences of patients from within inequality groups, ways in which we can improve their experiences and outcomes, and inclusive approaches to delivering ACP.
- Advanced care planning for LGBTQ+, LD and Homeless
The Homeless Palliative Care Coordinator, working in collaboration with Stockport Advocacy Service, The LGBT Foundation and a number of local Homeless hostels, will deliver education sessions exploring advanced care planning. The purpose of these sessions is to ensure that people who rarely get to speak about their wishes around end of life, get the opportunity to do so in a safe and inclusive environment.
- Inclusion project with workshops and training days for our staff and external
We are launching a campaign across the hospice to improve staff’s knowledge and confidence to support people experiencing homelessness, encouraging a cultural shift to a more ‘homeless friendly’ ethos and practice. This will be done over the next year and will include a variety of workshops, trainings and events in the months to come.
- Language and Terminology Sub-Group
Our Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Group has established a sub-group to explore the EDI language and terms we use. The aim is to help staff understand key terms relating to equality and diversity and use them appropriately while recognising sensitivities and how people may feel differently about the same term, even when they share a similar background.
We want to hear from you
We would love to hear your feedback about how we are doing at St Ann’s. We would love to hear about ways we have made you or someone you know feel welcome and cared for, but equally we want to hear your ideas for improvement or comments about how we could do better. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org