We are committed to ensuring that we reduce health inequalities and to keeping the needs of our communities at the heart of our commissioning role.
NHS Dorset takes seriously the particular needs that members of diverse communities or those with protected characteristics that use our services have. We believe, as is reflected in our planning and ethos, that healthcare provision on an equitable discrimination-free basis is the right of all in Dorset.
We are also committed to ensuring that we reduce health inequalities.
Health inequalities can mean reduced life span, greater vulnerability to colds and infection, living longer than required with physical impairments, etc. They can be caused by language barriers, mental health related communication issues and even fear of experiencing prejudice – such as homophobia and transphobia – as well as not having a good understanding of what NHS services are available and how to access them.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy has at its heart a commitment to keeping the needs of our diverse communities at the centre of our commissioning role. This includes tackling as effectively as possible health inequalities by having appropriate actions to take in place.
Our mission, ‘Supporting people in Dorset to lead healthier lives’, means that we need to work with a range of communities and populations to support them in accessing and using local health services. We need to increase knowledge about healthcare needs to enable our communities to lead healthier lives.
We work closely with local people, patients, providers, staff and voluntary organisations to help reduce inequalities and eliminate any discrimination within our services and working environments.
Find out more about how we work with local voluntary organisations on our Get Involved pages.