Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Vita Health Group recognise the importance that Equality, Diversity, and Inclusive practices will have in achieving its vision.

We recognise that there is inequality and difference in our society and we have a role to play in challenging all forms of discrimination and minimising inequalities in the access and experience of our services.

We will focus on ensuring our colleagues and services users have the same opportunities, but also ensure that difference and uniqueness are viewed as a benefit to the organisation.

As an organisation striving to be an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion champion, Vita Health Group is committed to its responsibility to be an aware, accepting, respectful and understanding employer and service provider.

Definitions

Equality

Ensuring that everyone has access to equal opportunities which enable them to make the most of their lives and talents. By identifying, challenging, and addressing barriers and inequalities experienced by people with protected characteristics we can ensure our services are equitable.

Diversity

Is the uniqueness of every individual. Vita recognise difference and acknowledging the benefit of having a range of perspectives, experiences and thought within the organisation therefore are committed to ensuring we are representative of the populations we serve so we can better meet their needs.

Inclusion

Defined by an equal opportunity for participation. Vita is committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment with fair policies and practices so everyone feels that they belong and can perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Zero tolerance

Vita has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of colleagues therefore stands in solidarity with them against all forms of violence, abuse, and discrimination.

Vita challenges inappropriate behaviours and inequalities that may be experienced by colleagues and is working to review and improve its organisational framework (policies, procedures, and culture) to drive continuous improvement in this area. 


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EDI Quality Measures and Indicators

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is an equality improvement tool used across the NHS. Vita Health Group uses this tool to ensure our services meet local community needs, address inequality and better our work environments. Our latest report can be found here.

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Workforce Race Equality Standard

There are 9 WRES indicators which highlight differences between experiences of Racially minoritised and White staff. Focused action plans seek to reduce inequalities year on year as data is gathered, analysed and published. Vita began participating in the WRES in 2020.

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Workforce Disability Equality Standard

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten specific measures (metrics) which enables NHS and provider organisations to compare the workplace and career experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. Vita began participating in the WDES in 2022.

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Speaking Up

As a company we want to know when things go wrong, ensure that lessons are learnt and opportunities to make improvements for colleagues, service users and customers are not missed.

The Speak Up Team are independent and impartial, but do have a direct route to senior management to ensure issues raised are appropriately addressed.

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Gender pay gap

The Gender Pay Gap shows the difference in average pay between women and men, across an entire organisation regardless of their role. This is different to equal pay which requires women and men doing the same role to receive equal pay. All organisations of 250+ employees are legally required to report their Gender Pay Gap each year.

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Disability Confident Employer

We are proud to have achieved the Disability Confident Employer status and be contributing towards this important voluntary UK government initiative, which is creating a movement of change by encouraging employers to think differently about disability and refine with how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We believe our actions continually evolve to demonstrate our commitments towards developing and maintain an equal, diverse and inclusive culture, whilst also supporting this unique opportunity for other organisations to lead the way in their communities, by encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to also become Disability Confident.

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Workforce distribution

Vita Health Group is actively seeking to increase the diversity of its workforce, to ensure we are representative of the communities we serve. For more information click here

Staff Networks

WITA

A group set up to raise the profile of and champion Women across the business.


LGBTQIA+ Network

A platform for the Community, its Friends, Ally’s and Supporters.


Diverse Ability Network

A space for colleagues to explore concerns, thoughts and any issues around disabilities


Race Equality Network

A network that creates a safe space for racially minoritized colleagues


Carers Network

A peer support group for those with caring responsibilities


Faith Network

A network focussed on issues around faith and religion


The results of a recent member survey highlighted the impact of the networks, scoring positively on several measures. The main benefits of being part of diversity network were cited as a positive impact on wellbeing through accessing peer support and ability to influence the company policy and procedure. Further feedback from network members included:

“I feel the networks are a great addition”

“Much positivity has emerged from this group for individual members and for Vita as a whole”

“Thanks to this network I feel supported, needs that have not been met or even recognised are now accepted as normal”

“…I think the networks and groups are fantastic and are a real asset to VHG”

NHS Quality Account - EDI statement

Solidarity Statement

Vita is an award-winning, CQC registered healthcare provider