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A personal, fair and diverse NHS is one where:

  • everyone counts
  • services are personal, designed to give patients what they want and need
  • fairness is built in- so that everyone has equal opportunities and treatment
  • the skills and experiences of employees from all backgrounds are used and valued
  • people can choose the services they want and have as much support as they need
  • everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and when they complain - we listen and put things right
  • talent flourishes and nothing stops people going as far as they want
  • we are accountable and patients are informed and have more control
  • care doesn’t stop at the door, but helps people live healthier lives


This is what our equality & diversity work at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals is all about, and the information on these pages provide more detail about what we are doing to achieve this.



We meet the criteria to use the Employment Services disability symbol (we hold a Disability Employment Advisor’s Certificate).


Equality and Diversity

The Trust has a Diversity and Equality Steering Group, which oversees all diversity and equality activities and standards within the Trust. The Trust is also part of the North West Surrey Strategy on Equality and Diversity.


Dignity at Work

We have procedures and policies in place that make staff aware of the issues surrounding many forms of discrimination including bullying, harassment, whistle-blowing, tackling violence, racial and other forms of discrimination.



The Trust’s Whistle-Blowing Policy provides guidance for staff on raising concerns that incorporate the requirements the Trust has as a responsible employer both ethically and by statute. We want to provide a working environment in which workers can raise genuine issues of concern without fear of retribution. Employees are encouraged to act promptly and to put their concerns in writing.


Appreciation Awards

Each year the Trust holds an Appreciation Awards ceremony. Staff can be nominated for awards by other staff, by patients or by visitors. Awards are given for exceptional work in the Trust, national recognition or success, successful completion of a significant qualification, publication of an important piece of work or service to the community.

  • Click here to find out more about the latest awards


Cultural Awareness Training

The Trust has ongoing training on equality issues lead by a Diversity Lead in each department and supported by our Equality team.


Useful Websites


Profile of Workforce in 2015/16

The Headcount of the workforce was 3746 employees at year end 2015-16.


The key features of the workforce in regard to diversity are summarised in table 2. The last three measures on the table show the proportion of the workforce for whom the data is available, which has improved significantly in recent years, enabling a clear understanding of the workforce.


Key Figures

Staff in Post 2012 2013 2014 2015 Latest Data - Mar 16
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
Female 2552 76.5% 2643 76.2% 2695 73.21% 2801 75.66% 2830 75.30%
Black & Ethnic minority 1087 32.5% 1153 33.2% 1178 32.0% 1199 32.39% 1217 32.49%
Part time 1106 33.1% 1056 30.4% 1107 30.0% 1159 31.31% 1779 47.49%
Staff over 66 years 11 0.3% 9 0.3% 42 1.1% 48 1.3% 55 1.47%