Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equal opportunities for all

We employ around 1,700 people with a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. It’s important to recognise that everyone is different and value the unique contribution that individual experience, knowledge and skills can make.

At Hinchingbrooke Hospital, ‘Equality of Opportunity’ is an important part of our culture and we monitor our recruitment practices and our workforce to promote diversity across the organisation. We have a range of flexible working practices to support the individual needs of our staff, such as opportunities to work part time, job share or indeed have an individually tailored working pattern.

We also have schemes to support the home commitments of our staff. This includes our carers, special leave and employment break policies, which allow staff to take extended leave.

Our equal opportunities policy provides our staff with a framework which, in addition to the above, helps us to ensure that everyone who works in the Trust, or applies to work in the Trust, will be treated fairly and valued equally regardless of age, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, social and employment status, HIV status, gender reassignment or political affiliation or trade union membership.

We have a range of policies to promote ethnic diversity throughout our organisation and our action plan to support race relations is monitored by our Improving Working Lives Group which is chaired by a Non-Executive Director.

Positive about disabled people

Whether you’re a patient, visitor or a member of staff, our aim is to make the hospital more comfortable for disabled people to attend. We have already been awarded the ‘Two Ticks – positive about disabled people’ symbol and we review our commitments under this award annually.

We guarantee to offer an interview to any disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for the posts we advertise and we will also make sure that you’re provided with any special arrangements you may need to attend and perform at your best at interview.

EDS2 Equality and diversity grading event

  • Do our services meet the individual needs of the entire local community?
  • Do you feel informed and supported to make decisions about your care?
  • How accessible are we?

These are some of the questions we will be asking at our EDS2 equality and diversity grading event, which will take place from 9.30am to 2pm on 30 November 2016, in our Partnership Suite.

We are seeking local stakeholders ‑ patients, carers, community representatives and members of staff ‑  to assess our performance against 18 outcomes, which form part of 4 desired overarching goals:

  1. Better health outcomes
  2. Improved patient access & experience
  3. Representative and supported workforce
  4. Inclusive leadership

If you are interested in attending please email: andrea.banham@nhs.net, or telephone (01480) 363551.

We will be providing an information pack prior to the event, so please include either an email or postal address, together with any access, dietary or communication requirements.

There is the option to attend for either the morning session only or all day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Are you passionate about promoting accessibility, inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all?

We are seeking public and staff members for our new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which has responsibility for ensuring that we make significant progress in this area.

Get involved!

If you are interested in becoming a member, please apply using the expression of interest form

Completed forms should be returned to andrea.banham@nhs.net.

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Meet our Trust Board

Hinchingbrooke's Trust Board

Find out more about Hinchingbrooke Hospital and our Trust Board which includes our chairman, four non-executive, five voting executive directors, including the chief executive, and two non-voting executive directors.

Our Key Priorities


Our two priorities for this year are:

  1. To constantly improve the quality of our services, coming out of special measures
  2. To address and improve our financial position