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Inclusivity Statement

Here for Health is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We believe racism and discrimination are unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Racism and discrimination lead to health inequalities which impact our patients, staff, visitors and communities. We recognise that we have a role in addressing these inequalities as we strive to ensure that all people can access our health promotion service.

The Here for Health team has made a long-term commitment to actively promote a positive culture of diversity and inclusion to ensure sustained and meaningful change.

It is hugely important to us that we are doing everything in our power to become a fully equal, inclusive and diverse service. This means that at times we will need to challenge ourselves, feel uncomfortable and commit resource, energy and passion into making change happen.

We will listen to and actively seek views from all stakeholders across OUH and the wider community.

Actions we are taking

We are proactively seeking input and feedback from stakeholders across OUH and our wider community to ensure that there is diversity within our decision-making process.

We are working with OUH networks to develop an inclusive Here for Health service and improve the range of support options and resource opportunities.

We are working to update all terminology on our website and in other communications to move away from outdated, generic phrases and towards more inclusive language, based on advice from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team at OUH.

We are working toward representing diversity in images, available resources and on our social media platform.

All members of the Here for Health team have undertaken training in Cultural Competency .

We now include equality, diversity and inclusion as a standing item to review at team meetings and as part of the team induction process.

Here for Health recognises that this is an ongoing process and seeks to develop its service in a responsive and sensitive way.

We are strong advocates for everyone to have the opportunity to optimise their health and are thus committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity.

If you would like to give feedback or share your thoughts, please contact us.