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Help us improve local mental health services for Black and Ethnic Minority communities:

 "Our diversity is our strength, driving performance and success."


At the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust we embrace the diversity of our staff and the communities we serve.

It is important that the Trust provides fair and personal services for everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk. Equality of opportunity is at the heart of what we do. We value the diversity of our entire staff by aiming to provide a truly inclusive and fair culture where talents can flourish. 

Does "Equality" mean treating everyone the same?

Absolutely not; in fact we do have to treat people differently sometimes to ensure that their needs are met, whether this may be for staff or people using our services. This is crucial for us to be fair and inclusive.

"Equality is n​ot in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently." - Tom Robbins

Diversity is about understanding and appreciating the relative uniqueness of each individual irrespective of age, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, social class and marital status.

We can improve care and provide a better environment for patients and colleagues by understanding that each of us has our own individual outlook, experiences, strengths and needs in life. Organisations always benefit from having people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.

Equality is championed right across the Trust from Board level to all staff. 

We ensure that any form of discrimination is challenged appropriately with the right support. The Board is committed in making our Trust a better place to work so that everyone can feel safe, included, valued and respected. It is extremely important for staff to work in a comfortable and pleasant environment as this enables them to perform to their optimum level. This means that people are more likely to receive excellent services.

If you would like to know more about Equalities work in the Trust, you can contact the Equalities and Engagement Manager on 01473 329145 or email: ravi.seenan@nsft.nhs.uk.

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