Acknowledging and valuing the diversity of each patient, carer and visitor is vital to ensuring a positive patient experience. As a Trust, we are committed to designing and delivering our services around the needs of individual patients and their families.
Every person with a disability, health condition or impairment, who attends our hospitals, should receive care and treatment that is of the highest quality. Improving our approach to support disabled people, whether that be in the environment, in how we do things, or in the way we communicate, is known as making ‘reasonable adjustments.’
Examples of reasonable adjustments which can be made include:
- Arranging the first or the last appointment of the day,
- Arranging a double appointment,
- Using tools such as pictures or images to support communication,
- Communicating via technology, such as a tablet or telephone,
- Providing information on other formats, such as easy read or braille,
- Separate waiting areas (if available),
- Flexible visiting (if appropriate).
If you think you may need any kind of adjustment when attending our Trust, please contact the ward or department. You may also find it useful to read our Learning Disabilities and Carers pages.
To find out how we provide information in different formats and support people with disabilities who have communication needs, view our Communication Support page.
If you have any questions or concerns about your access to care, our facilities, or how we are meeting your needs, please contact the PALS team on 01743 261691 / 01952 282888 or email email@example.com.
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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is committed to providing an environment that is open, accepting and inclusive for our LGBT+ patients, carers, staff and volunteers.
The Rainbow Badge initiative is a way for NHS staff to demonstrate that they are aware of the issues that LGBT+ people can face when accessing healthcare. It is intended to be a simple visual symbol which identifies its wearer as someone who an LGBT+ person can feel comfortable talking to about issues relating to sexual orientation or gender identity. It shows that the wearer is there to listen without judgement and signpost to further support if needed.
We currently have over 500 LGBT+ Champions. For further information, see our NHS Rainbow Badges page.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is working hard to improve the care we deliver to veterans, members of the armed forces, reservists and their families.
We have committed to the following pledges:
- Make information available to veterans and their families explaining what to expect,
- Train staff to be aware of veterans’ needs and the commitments of the NHS under the Armed Forces Covenant,
- Inform staff if a veteran or their GP has told the hospital they have served in the armed forces,
- Ensure that members of the armed f community do not face disadvantage compared to other citizens when accessing our services, and
- Signpost to extra services that might be provided to the armed forces community by a charity or service organisation in the trust.
We currently have over 30 Veterans Aware Champions, many of whom are either veterans themselves or have been closely associated with the military for other reasons. For further information, visit NHS Improvement.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Patient Group
For some people in the UK, there are still unfair and avoidable inequalities in their health and in their access to and experiences of NHS services. SaTH wants to address these inequalities to meet, and exceed, our patients’ cultural and specific health concerns and achieve a high standard of patient care and patient experience.
We do this by working collaboratively with members of the local community who support and challenge SaTH in identifying existing health inequalities and develop action plans to tackle and eliminate such issues.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Patient Group have representation from:
Equality and Diversity stakeholder Events
The Trust is committed to ensuring the needs and priorities of the local community are clearly identified and addressed when developing Trust policies and services. The annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Stakeholder event provides an opportunity for patients, carers, stakeholders, voluntary organisations and staff to tell the Trust what they need; what we are doing well; and, what we can improve upon.
Organised by the Patient Experience Team and supported by the Community Engagement Facilitator and Head of Education, the event aims to shape services and ensure that we are working to meet the needs of patients and families with all protected characteristics.
Whilst not considered outright protected characteristics, under the Equality Act 2010, the Trust also seeks to consider the needs of the following ‘Inclusion Health’ groups when shaping policy, delivering services, and in relation to their employees:
- People who are carers
- People who are homeless
- People who live in poverty
- People who are long-term unemployed
- People in stigmatised occupations (e.g. prostitution)
- People who misuse drugs
- People with limited family or social networks
- People who are geographically isolated
There were over 100 attendees at the most recent event; this included a wide range of patients, carers, members of the community, local voluntary organisations and community groups; as well as Trust staff, local Commissioners, Healthwatch, Health and Social Care partners. Attendance from a wide and diverse range of the local community was sought to ensure that marginalised and seldom-heard groups were included and represented.
Staff from across the Trust presented information about services, including: PALS, Frailty, Ophthalmology, End of Life Care, Corporate, Theatres, Fertility and AAA Screening. Each presentation was followed by group discussions on what the service is doing well and what improvements could be made to further meet people’s needs. Facilitators at each table captured the discussion, ensuring that everybody had an opportunity to have their voice heard.
Example grading card – click to enlarge
At the end of the discussion, attendees are asked to decide, as a group, the grade at which the service is performing, based on the evidence presented and any additional information provided by the ward or department. The ratings range from: underdeveloped; developing; achieving; and, excelling.
This was to obtain feedback from the community on our services and to build established objectives for service delivery which our stakeholders identify as being important to them in accessing healthcare. Involving patients in shaping improvements is recognised as an important element in the design and delivery of our services.
The feedback obtained has been shared with the wards and departments who presented; at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Sub-Committee and patient group and will support development of an improvement plan for 2020 – 2021.
To see how staff used patient feedback from the 2018 Stakeholder event, watch the video below:
To see what the attendees of our most recent event thought, watch the video below: