Corporate Documents

Equality, Diversity & Human Rights

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting human rights and providing equality of opportunity; not only in our employment practices but also in the way we provide services. The Trust aims to recognise and support people's individual needs. Striking a balance between the needs of the individual and the service requirements is a priority for the NHS, both to retain and motivate staff and to improve access and service quality.

Defining Equality, Diversity and Human Rights


This means to fostering and promote the right to be different, to be free from discrimination, and to have choice and dignity. It is also about valuing individual beliefs.


The word diverse means “varied and different” so ‘diversity’ is more than equality. It is about valuing variety and individual differences and creating a Trust culture, environment and practices which respect and value differences for the benefit of society, organisations and individuals.

Human Rights

The key principle of Human Rights is that they belong to everyone and that everyone has a right to be treated with respect and dignity. There are also five core principles of human rights - fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy (FREDA).