Equality & Diversity

Introduction

The GPPC is committed to equal opportunities and to building a valued workforce whose diversity reflects our community.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy takes into account all current UK and EU legislation and guidelines, including codes of practice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This Equality and Diversity Policy has been written in accordance with current best practice and has been updated in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Company Statement

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is against the law for a company to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of colour, age, sex, race / nationality – including citizenship – ethnic or national origins, marital status, civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, any religion, or religious or philosophical belief.

It is also possible for employees to claim for discrimination on a combination of two of these grounds. Similarly if employees discriminate against a colleague or patient, the Company could be held vicariously liable for their acts, and be responsible for paying the compensation or damages to the victim of the discrimination.

If the Company can prove that is has done all that was reasonable to prevent the discriminatory acts from occurring then its liability can be reduced or entirely eliminated. Having an equal opportunities policy, and apprising all staff of its existence is one of the things a reasonable employer should do

The Company has the following policies in place:-

  • Equality Act: Operational Procedures & Policy
  • Culture & Religious Policy
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Age Discrimination
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Recruitment and Selection Policy
  • Training and Development Policy
  • Dignity at work
  • Being Open Policy
  • Information Governance i.e. confidentiality / consent

Zero Tolerance

The Company is committed to developing and maintaining a safe and secure environment, for its staff and visitors and has a duty to take all reasonable steps to protect and support its staff.

Violent and abusive behaviour includes bullying and / or harassment of any description. Violent or abusive by our staff or visitors is not tolerated and decisive action will be taken to protect staff and visitors.

All violent adverse incidents are reported, investigated and appropriate remedial action is taken. When a clinical risk/incident is reported, a risk assessment will be undertaken.

 
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