Equality, diversity and inclusion


All of the Trust's equality, diversity and inclusion work is led by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which reports in to our Board.

At Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to ensuring our services are available and accessible to all, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and gender or sexual orientation. We aim to inspire our staff to embrace the Trust values – to be caring, safe, responsible, and to value each other and that this is pivotal in how they deliver their services and how they involve people who use our services so that they continue to have a great patient experience.

We want our NHS services to be fair, accessible and appropriate for our patients and their carers, visitors, and our staff, and we wish to demonstrate the strides we are making to embed equality within our world class care values. We recognise that everyone is different and we value the unique contribution that individual experience, knowledge and skills can make in achieving our goals at all levels in the Trust. As a priority, we will continue to develop our organisational culture by providing whatever training and information is necessary to raise awareness of diversity and to deliver services that promote equality and embrace diversity which are valued by everyone who uses them.

We recognise that Kingston and the surrounding areas are made up of a variety of different communities, each with their own needs and priorities and we are working in partnership with our staff, people using our services and key stakeholders to reduce health inequalities. The diversity of our workforce and people who access our services bring a richness of cultures and lifestyles, driving the development of our annual equality work plans.

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy makes the following commitments:

  • We are against racism and will not tolerate it in our organisation
  • We are actively working to address discrimination, inequality and injustice and recognise that for change to happen, we have to start within ourselves, our practices and our organisation
  • We listen and treat everyone fairly regardless of age, gender, pregnancy or maternity status, ability to speak English, economic status, religion, race, disability, vulnerable status, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status. If we don’t do this, we need you to tell us
  • We all have a responsibility to challenge discrimination of any kind. We recognise that it is not up to BME people to dismantle racist practices but for all of us to work together to make long-lasting change
  • We are committed to ensuring our employment practices are inclusive and that we engage, listen, learn and act to improve the culture of our organisation
  • We recognise that talking about and tackling, racism and discrimination can be difficult but we accept that we will need to go through this process to be comfortable and competent in making a difference to those who identify as BME

We celebrate the diversity of our staff and strive to be an inclusive organisation. We have a number of staff networks here at Kingston Hospital to support equality, diversity and inclusion, which you can find out more about, below.

Minority Ethnic Group for All (MEGA):

Kingston Ability Forum:
Kingston Ability Forum aims to provide any member of staff with a visible or non-visible disability with the opportunity to share their views and experiences. Email khft.kingstonabilityforum@nhs.net.

Pride at Kingston Hospital:

We are proud to support the NHS Rainbow Badge initiative, which gives staff a way to show that Kingston Hospital offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families, who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves). Find out more: 

EU Staff Support Group:
Kingston Hospital’s EU Staff Support Group was established in 2016 to provide resources and support for EU colleagues who may be affected by Brexit. Email p.varley@nhs.net.

Not a target campaign:
The Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee recently launched our ‘Not a target’ campaign, to support all our staff. Find out more in the following short film:

Black History Month:
October is Black History Month. We have been asking some of our colleagues to share their views.


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