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Keep score and help to ensure fair play

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust equality lead Ricky Somal explains how a ‘workforce diversity scorecard’ is being used to tackle inequalities at the trust and provide a better understanding of the impact on black and minority ethnic staffof key employment issues.

The patient experience and improving outcomes are central to the strategy, says associate director of nursing Liz Taylor

Having a robust approach to equality and diversity is a good thing – but how do you know if your policy is making a difference?

In 2012, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust launched a ‘workforce diversity scorecard’. Part of the trust’s new equality standard, the scorecard uses data to track the effects of key employment issues – such as recruitment and selection, bullying and harassment, and disciplinary procedures – across the nine protected characteristics of the workforce, including ethnicity.

‘Detailed analysis of the data means we can identify any groups that are over or under-represented,’ explains trust equality and diversity lead Ricky Somal. ‘It is important to be able to measure the programme and demonstrate its effect.’

With a staff of around 7,000, the trust is one

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