The Trust

Disability Equality Group

East Cheshire NHS Trust has been committed to improving services and access to services for disabled people for many years. The trust has a Disability Equality Group (DEG) with a strong input from disabled people including staff. The group exists to promote disability equality for staff, patients, carers and visitors to the trust and to improve access and experience for all. It focuses on all elements of disability and meets every six weeks. 

Access Assessments

The group reviews plans for new buildings or upgrades and makes recommendations to improve patient experience. The Disability Equality Group also undertakes a number of representative access assessments throughout the year on behalf of East Cheshire NHS Trust (ECNHST) in line with the 2010 Equality Act.  The aim of the Equality Act is to ensure that a service provider such as ECNHST will have to consider how their policies, programmes and service delivery will affect people with the protected characteristics such as age, gender and / or disability.

Our assessments try to identify issues that affect service users and staff with disabilities who may have problems accessing our services and work places. This could be due to the existence of Physical Barriers such as narrow doorways, heavy doors, inappropriate lighting, the provision of signage, the availability of hearing loops and accessible WC’s for instance or Non-Physical Barriers issues like a person’s attitude to towards a disable person, deaf or hearing impaired, persons with hidden disabilities or a person’s mental health condition.  Our aim is to help the Trust identify issues that may affect the accessibility for both service users & Staff in all ECNHST Properties. 

The trust has developed an equality, dignity and respect pledge which covers all areas of the equality agenda, including disability.


The trust has been approved as 'disability confident' committed. To achieve this the trust provided evidence of meeting the following actions:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled applicants if they meet the minimum criteria
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term condition to stay in work

The trust has also given a commitment to offer apprenticeships for people with disabilities.

Equality, dignity and respect pledge

Our aim is to be the hospital where people choose to be treated. To be an organisation that people want to join and remain with as staff, allowing them to make their distinctive contributions and achieve their full potential.

We will ensure that patients, staff, visitors and the public are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. 
East Cheshire NHS Trust will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, nationality, gender, gender reassignment status, disability (including learning disabilities, autism and mental health), age, religious belief, sexual orientation, marital status (including civil partnerships) and pregnancy.

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