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Equality and Diversity

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) is committed to creating a culture where equality, diversity and human rights are promoted actively, and unlawful discrimination - either directly or indirectly -against employees, patients, carers and visitors is not tolerated. We believe this is at the core of our services and our aim is to build a workforce which is valued and whose diversity reflects the communities it serves, contributing to the delivery of the best and most appropriate healthcare service.

We recognise that the experiences and needs of every individual are unique and we strive to respect and value the diversity of our patients, service users, carers, public and staff. As a Community Interest Company, it is particularly important that we take an active role in promoting Equality and Diversity within our communities.

East of England Anti-Racism Pledge

In partnership with NHS colleagues across the healthcare system, ECCH is involved in launching the East of England Anti-Racism Strategy – “Nothing about me without me”. It aims to deliver sustainable and measurable change through an ongoing programme of work focused on improving the experience and wellbeing of our Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority colleagues and communities.

Equality Delivery System

ECCH uses the Equality Delivery System (EDS) to evidence how we are performing with regards to equality, diversity and human rights, and includes setting objectives for ECCH around how we will improve. 

The is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS, while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group

This work is led by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group which feeds into the Integrated Governance Committee as a sub-committee of the Board. 

A message from the ECCH Board of Directors

We stand together with our black, Asian and minority ethnic staff, volunteers, patients, clients and community against racism and hate crime. We are all in this together.
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) is a workplace where we strive for all staff to feel respected, safe, protected and listened to. We will endeavour to continually improve the working experience for our staff regardless of their protected characteristics; we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and understanding of the issues affecting our BAME colleagues, and to take positive action as a result. We will continue to look at all forms of staff feedback as we explore options for further improvement.
There are a number of ways our employees can raise or discuss any issues of racism or discrimination within the workplace:

• With their manager• With an HR Adviser or Business Partner or any member of the HR team• With an ECCH Freedom to Speak up Guardian• Via ECCH’s ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ /Whistleblowing policy


If you speak up, we will listen. We must all take responsibility to end racism and injustice.

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