Equality & Diversity

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At MFT, our collective ambition is to be known as the best place for patient safety, quality and experience. We also want to be the best place to work. For individuals from every background.

A founding principle of the NHS was to be inclusive. That’s as true today as it was when the NHS was established in 1948. The only way to consistently provide the highest possible level of care is through being truly inclusive, creating the right conditions for our people to flourish and our patients to receive the services they need.

Our Strategy

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of achieving our vision of, ‘excelling in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching; dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our diverse population’.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (2019-2023) focuses on three, interrelated aims:

  • Improved patient access, safety and experience.
  • A representative and supported workforce.
  • Inclusive leadership.

Our Actions

As one of the largest employers in Manchester and Greater Manchester, we really do aspire to serve all. And because of this, our Trust should absolutely reflect the people we care for. With that in mind, our constant drive and commitment is to attract, develop and retain great people from all of our communities.

It goes without saying too that we’re dedicated to nurturing a representative and supported workforce by:

  • Considering how our decisions will affect equality and reduce unfavourable effects.
  • Identifying any inequality in staff representation and workplace experience, and reduce any differences that we find.
  • Taking a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, abuse and harassment.
  • Working towards being a Disability Confident Lead employer.
  • Increasing ethnic diversity at Board and senior management levels.
  • Ensuring Board members and senior leaders champion equality and diversity, and apply a consistently inclusive approach.

Our Networks

Across the Trust, a range of groups are working to help us to become a more inclusive employer. Our Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Networks both aim to support staff from different equality groups and help the Trust to better understand the issues they face in the workplace. We’re also setting up a Disability Group for staff, to complement our established Disabled Patients Forum. What’s more, we’re widely recognised for our pioneering efforts to support young people with learning disabilities into work.

Our teams are talented people from all backgrounds. Join them and whatever your life experience, you’ll enhance it as you work together for the diverse communities of our vibrant multicultural city and beyond.