Equality and Diversity
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.
Interpreting and Translation Services
We are committed to ensuring that people understand the treatment and support options available. If you require an interpreter, please use our Interpreting and Translation Service.
Equality and Disability Action Plans
The Trust has in place an 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.
The Trust has revised its Audit of Inequalities document which has helped identify the inequalities to be addressed in our plans.
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.
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.
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.
In keeping with the Trust’s commitments in its Equality Scheme the Trust has screened its new policies and proposals. The screening process is used to identify which policies/proposals are likely to have an impact on equality of opportunity or good relations. Screening assesses the likely impact as major, minor or none.
If it is decided that a policy/proposal is likely to have significant/major issues relating to equality, it is then necessary to carry out a more detailed exercise called an equality impact assessment (EQIA).