On 1st October 2017 Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) came together to form a new NHS Organisation, Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Manchester Foundation Trust is delighted to introduce the Trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2023. The Strategy sets out our ambition to be the best place for patient quality and experience and the best place to work. It provides a framework for action focusing on three, interrelated aims which are:
- Improved patient access, safety and experience.
- A representative and supported workforce.
- Inclusive leadership.
We believe that the only way to consistently provide the highest possible level of care is through being truly inclusive, creating the right conditions for staff to flourish and for patients to receive the services that they need, in the way that they need them and in the right environment based on their individual needs.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to prepare this Strategy and set out our ambition to be a leader in equality, diversity and inclusion.
The Trust brings together nine individual hospitals from across the city of Manchester to form the largest NHS organisation in England with the aim of driving improvements in consistency of care across the city, better utilising economies of scale for the benefit of services and to reduce health inequalities through the bringing together of experts within a single hospital service.
As part of the formation of the new organisation, stakeholders and community partners have been engaged to help build a new way of working in partnership right from the start. As recognition of this a range of stakeholders from across organisations representing our diverse local community were involved in contributing to the Equality Impact Assessment on the formation of a new Hospital Trust and further engagement is planned as we develop our community engagement and partnership approach for the new organisation.
Both CMFT and UHSM have strong established Equality, Diversity and Inclusion governance, best practice and specialist staff already in place and over the coming year various projects are underway to build on this to deliver structures and support that allow Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to continue to be a regional and national leader at championing the value of diversity and at embedding inclusion rights across all parts of the organisation.
As this report comes shortly after the merger of CMFT and UHSM, the format and data included reflect the previous reporting and structures that were in place across the respective organisations and should be viewed as an evolution towards a new single reporting format that will be in place ready for next year’s annual reporting cycle.
We have aimed to design the presentation and details included in this report to make it easy to ready and information to be as directly comparable across our various hospital sites as possible based on the current information we have available.
If you require any information in alternative formats or would like to enquire about further details on information presented in this report please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team firstname.lastname@example.org who will respond to your query or signpost you to a more appropriate contact.
Disabled People’s User Forum
Are you a patient at our hospitals or have you been a patient at our hospitals in the last two years? Do you have a disability or an access need? Do you have ideas for how we could make our hospitals more accessible for people with a disability?
Then you why not consider becoming a member of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s Disabled People’s User Forum. Our Disabled People’s User Forum aims to improve the access to, experience of and quality of health care for disabled people within our hospitals.
The Forum meets four times a year to hear about new hospital initiatives, discuss your views and experiences, and identify how we can improve the accessibility of MFT’s hospitals.
Members of the forum will be:
- A disabled person who has used MFT’s services
- A disabled person who is a member or governor at MFT
- Someone who has experience of the barriers faced by disabled people when using MFT’s healthcare services and has ideas for how these can be removed
- Be able to attend up to 4 meetings per year
To find out more and get involved with the forum please email email@example.com or phone 0161 276 5650
AccessAble Access Guides
In 2017 MFT partnered with AccessAble to create access guides for our nine hospitals. These guides contain detailed factual information about the accessibility of MFT’s departments, wards, and services.
Visitors, patients and staff can use the guides to find out about the access to the service they are visiting. You can find out where a department is located in relation to the main entrance, where car parking spaces are located, whether there are lifts to access other floors, whether a hearing loop is fitted at reception, and in-depth information about accessible toilets.