Ethnic monitoring of Gypsies and Travellers

Matthew Brindley made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Matthew Brindley

Dear Stoke on Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT),

Under FOI legislation, could you please provide me with all ethnic monitoring data you have on Gypsies and Travellers health and well being, service use and staff in your PCT?

Could you also provide information detailing whether Gypsies and Travellers are monitored as standard policy in the PCT?

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Brindley

Rebecca Pugh,

Good Afternoon Mr Brindley,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 02/04/2012, which
we received on 02/04/2012.

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Your Sincerely,

Rebecca Pugh - Records Management and Information Governance Officer,
NHS Staffordshire Commissioning Support Services
Herbert Minton Building
79 London Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 7PZ

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Rebecca Pugh,

Dear Matthew Brindley,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 02/04/2012.

Please see below the information you requested and our
response(s) highlighted in blue:

Under FOI legislation, could you please provide me with all ethnic
monitoring data you have on Gypsies and Travellers health and well being,
service use and staff in your PCT?

I can confirm all applicants to NHS positions are asked on a confidential
on-line application form for their ethnic group. Candidates are able to
choose from a list of ethnicities and these include White Gypsy/ Romany,
White/ Irish Traveller and White Traveller. Candidate’s information is
then taken from NHS Jobs to feed our Electronic Staff Records system
(ESR), where it is recorded and accessible by the HR team. I can confirm
that from a review completed today, no staff currently employed by South
Staffordshire PCT, NHS North Staffordshire and NHS Stoke on Trent are
recorded with an ethnic origin that relates to Gypsies or Travellers.

2. Could you also provide information detailing whether Gypsies and
Travellers are monitored as standard policy in the PCT?

I can confirm that NHS North Staffordshire, South Staffordshire PCT and
NHS Stoke on Trent have a responsibility to consider how their activities
as an employer affect people who share certain characteristics under the
Equality Act 2010. Activities are analysed to ascertain whether there is
any adverse impact on specific groups include the make-up of the overall
workforce, the gender pay gap and pay equality, recruitment and retention
rates, applications for flexible working and their outcomes, applications
for learning and development opportunities, success rates of job
applicants, and return to work rates following maternity leave. Ethnic
origin is a protected characteristic for the purposes of this work, under
the category of Race.

NHS Staffordshire Commissioning Support Services is responsible for the
management of Freedom of Information requests received on behalf of
Staffordshire Cluster PCTs (NHS Stoke on Trent, NHS North Staffordshire
and South Staffordshire PCT) and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent
Partnership NHS Trust. The response will be provided by the appropriate
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Yours sincerely,
Rebecca Pugh - Records Management and Information Governance Officer
NHS Staffordshire Commissioning Support Services
Herbert Minton Building
79 London Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 7PZ

Tel: (01782) 298248
Fax: (01782) 298149

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