The ME Trust is enthusiastically committed to creating and sustaining a positive, supportive and inclusive working environment for our staff, and an excellent and safe experience for those accessing our services.

We aspire as an organization for everyone to be equally valued and respected for who they are as an individual. We aim to create an environment and culture that promotes and respects the diversity of background and experience of everyone who works for the trust and our patients.

We are fully committed to:

  • eliminating discrimination on the basis of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 of gender, age, disability, race, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, sex and sexual orientation;
  • respecting and upholding the human rights and dignity of all our people and patients;
  • creating a culture where all our people feel able to speak up about any concerns, and
  • addressing any instances of inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour such as harassment, bullying, discrimination and victimisation.

While UK legislation sets minimum standards, our aim is to go above and beyond this and create a safe working environment where everyone is respected and can truly flourish to release their full potential as an individual. The best organisations always recognise and build on the benefits of a diverse and inclusive working environment and culture.

We aim to provide accessible services, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual and does not exclude anyone.

The Trust aims to embed its inclusion, equity and diversity values into everyday practice, policies and procedures so that it becomes the norm.

If we fail to achieve our aspirations then we will always listen, reflect, and take action to improve.

This commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity has the full support of the Trustees and will be role modelled by all within the Trust.