Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership values equality, diversity and inclusion.

Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equal chance to access opportunities. It is not about treating everyone the same way. People may require different things to achieve similar outcomes.

Diversity means ‘difference’. When it is used in the same context as equality, it is about recognising and valuing individual as well as group differences. It also means treating people as individuals and placing positive value on the diversity they bring because of a protected characteristic or cultural background.

Inclusion is about making all groups of people feel included and valued within their society or community. Where individuals or groups of individuals are excluded or feel on the margins of society there is often a direct impact on their health and wellbeing.

To make sure everyone is able to get the best out of health and care, we need to understand who our service users are, and what their individual needs are, so when they access services, they get the right care and have the best possible experience.

We know health inequalities exist in Wakefield District and that some people have different access, experience and outcomes. We want to reduce those differences and remove them entirely where possible. The organisation with statutory responsibility for assuring equality, diversity and inclusion in health and care commissioning and provision for West Yorkshire is the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

If you need any further information about equality, diversity and inclusion, please email our local ICB equality team: wyicb-cal.equalityckw@nhs.net 

 

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