No Vita Health Group colleague should be subjected to violent, threatening, abusive or discriminatory behaviour of any kind, from service users, their relatives, carers, work colleagues, stakeholders, the public or customers.

All colleagues have the right to:

  • Work and perform the duties of their role in an environment which is free from such behaviours.
  • Be treated equally, with consideration, dignity, and respect.
  • To embrace their identity within the workplace where diversity is celebrated, and inclusion is encouraged and championed in all aspects of work.

As an organisation we continue to develop our commitments to be an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive workplace where the end goal of social justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion and equity are always in mind.

Put simply; we want to ensure that all colleagues can come to work feeling safe, valued, respected, and supported with freedom to bring their whole authentic self to the workplace.

Vita Health Group takes responsibility as an organisation for challenging any inappropriate behaviours and inequalities that may be experienced by colleagues, in the workplace and beyond. All forms of violence, threatening behaviour, abuse, discrimination, harassment, and any form of prejudice are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including:

  • Ableism
  • Ageism
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Biphobia
  • Homophobia
  • Islamophobia
  • Racism
    • including institutional and systemic racism
    • and antigypsyism/anti-Roma discrimination
  • Sexism
  • Transphobia
  • Xenophobia

We support that an intersectional approach must be adopted as individuals can experience one or more of these forms of prejudice and discrimination. We have developed the following policies, guidance, and procedures to ensure we have mechanisms in place to address any of the harmful behaviours or practices which are outlined above. These include:

  • Our Freedom to Speak Up (F2SU) process & the appointment of F2SU Guardians and the Lead Guardian role.
  • Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy
  • Code of Conduct Policy
  • Bullying & Harassment Policy
  • Grievance Policy
  • Domestic Abuse policy
  • Microaggressions Guidance

We strive to continuously improve equality, diversity and inclusion and the wellbeing of our staff so will continue to review, update, and improve our organisational policies, procedures, and culture.

We recognise that education plays a fundamental role in combating all forms of discrimination. We will engage in ongoing training and education to enhance our understanding of prejudice, privilege, and discrimination. In addition to our policies, guidance, and training, we will continue to complete work on the Equality Delivery System (EDS), Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES) all of which address inequalities experienced by service users and colleagues with protected characteristics.

Vita Health Group stands in solidarity with its colleagues to commit to combat all forms of discrimination and prejudice of any kind. We encourage all members of our organisation and stakeholders to actively educate themselves, reflect upon their own biases where a culture of learning and progression is adopted. We recognise that we are all responsible for our own learning where reflection and curiosity are key.

We will ensure that we have mechanisms in place to monitor the effectiveness and impact of this work for example through the collection of EDI related data within our staff feedback survey and collecting of data for the WRES and WDES metrics which includes the measurement of workplace bullying, harassment, discrimination, and abuse. In addition, certain EDI related training programmes have been made mandatory. We acknowledge that collecting data and having clear action plans is essential for improvements to be made.

Vita is an award-winning, CQC registered healthcare provider