King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is dedicated to embracing the broad diversity of our staff, patients and communities and stand firmly against all forms of prejudice and discrimination.
Our commitment extends to all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 as well as other vulnerable groups. We expect every employee to respect and uphold this in relation to all our trust policies, practices, and procedures.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
Discrimination towards our staff or patients, in any form, is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexism, ageism, religious discrimination, and any other prejudiced behaviour that undermines the rights, wellbeing and identity of our staff, and patients.
Discrimination can be displayed in various forms including, but not limited to, language, behaviours, unequal treatment, harassment, exclusion, stereotyping, or denying access to opportunities.
We embrace our duty to address discrimination in all its forms, and we pledge to:
- listen to the voices and lived experience of colleagues and patients, and other groups who suffer discrimination or lack of fair representation
- commit to working towards removing inequalities within our Trust, including differences in access, experience and outcomes for our diverse patient groups
- turn that commitment into positive action and real change
- use our voice and influence within the wider system to address the wider social determining factors of health
- accept our responsibility to listen to, and learn from, the experience of all underrepresented groups
- listen with respect and genuine curiosity, acknowledging that continued action and resource is required to bring about the change we need to see
- ask all colleagues to work with us to remove unfairness and discrimination within our organisation and within our wider communities