Equality Statement


The Trust is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity, creating an inclusive workplace and protecting Human Rights. The Trust is committed to eliminating discrimination against any individual on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation, as well as to promote positive practice and value the diversity of all individuals and communities.

There is a great deal to be proud of at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, not least the outstanding care and compassion shown by everyone who works here, as recognised by patients, their families and regulators alike.

We employ over 3,500 staff in direct delivery of care and support services, with 43% of our staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and representing 77 nationalities. We are proud of our diversity, because we know that this diversity enhances the care we give to our patients.

Events in 2020 shone a spotlight on racism and the inequalities that exist within our society, particularly within the context of the disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic, which reinforced the need for us to develop a much bolder strategy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

The creation of a more diverse and inclusive culture won’t be without challenge, but we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Kingston Hospital is an inclusive, diverse and fair place in which to receive care, and in which to work. Through actions that create greater equality, the position of staff and patients with protected characteristics will improve, ensuring that we remain an outstanding place in which to work and receive care.

Through delivery of our Equality Diversity and Inclusion strategy, we also want to tackle the health inequalities that exist within the populations we serve and inequalities of opportunity in the workplace. This strategy will help guide our work at borough and at SW London level.

We all have a part to play in this and we speak on behalf of the Board of Kingston Hospital in saying that this strategy is of central importance to us. We’ll be monitoring our progress regularly to ensure it is delivered.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the development of this Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

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Rita Harris, Chair of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Non-Executive Director
Jo Farrar, Chief Executive

Please read our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy here:



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