Equality Unit

Welcome to the Equality Unit section of the Northern Trust website. Promoting equality of opportunity and good relations is of primary importance to the Trust.

The Trust has in place a  new Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan which after consultation were amended in light of feedback received and approved by Trust Board, along with the accompanying consultation outcome report in March 2018.  All of these documents are also available in an easyread format.

Easyread Equality and Disability Action Plans report
Easyread Equality and Disablity Action Plan consultation outcome report

The Trust has revised its Audit of Inequalities document which has helped identify the inequalities to be addressed in our plans.

A regional Health and Social Care engagement event was also held on 19 January 2017 help us develop our plans. Please note link to the report which details the outcome of this event. https://view.pagetiger.com/Outcome-Report.  We would like to acknowledge the significant contribution and expertise provided by all stakeholders who engaged with us in the pre-consultation and formal consultation process and we look forward to ongoing partnership working.

Our Equality Scheme sets out how the Trust will fulfil its equality duties. The Trust’s Equality Scheme has been approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The Scheme outlines what we intend to do to improve fair and equal access to services and employment. In approving the Scheme the Equality Commission commended the Trust for adopting the best practice in promoting equality and going beyond the minimum legal obligations in order to do so.

The Scheme is available, on request, in accessible formats, including Easy Read, Braille, audio formats (CD, mp3 or DAISY), large print or minority languages.

Each year the Trust publishes a progress report detailing how we are promoting equality of opportunity and implementing the commitments in our Equality Scheme. Trust Board has approved the 2017/18 Annual Progress Report.

It is here that you will find what we are doing to meet our legal duties on equality of opportunity and find information on what progress we are making with screening and equality impact assessment of our policies and functions.

Our latest edition of Equality News sets out the work we have been doing over the last year.

The Trust's Good Relations strategy is committed to ensuring that staff, services users and carers feel welcome and comfortable when coming to work and when accessing services. The Trust has a legal duty to promote Good Relations between people of different religious beliefs, political opinion or racial group.

If you would like any more information on equality issues please contact:

Alison Irwin
Head of Equality
The Equality Unit
Route Complex
8E Coleraine Road
BT53 6BP

Telephone: 028 2766 1377
Fax: 028 2766 1209
SMS: 078 2566 7154
Email: equality.unit@northerntrust.hscni.net

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Page last updated:27 February 2019