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INSPIRE Foundation Equality & Diversity Policy

INSPIRE Foundation Equality & Diversity Policy

The INSPIRE Foundation is a charity which recognises and endorses the Nine Protected Characteristics of Equality and Diversity and will treat all enquiries equally regardless of the Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex or Sexual Orientation of the Individual.

This policy applies to all INSPIRE’s business but particularly in our management of our core output, our research programme. Our focus is on the best possible projects to secure optimum independence and quality of life for the spinal cord injured. Patients, research scientists and clinicians and all interested parties from any background are both encouraged and welcome.

December 2023                                                                                           To be reviewed December 2024

Extract from INSPIRE Staff Handbook:-

Valuing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

i) Statement

INSPIRE is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion and seeks to provide all staff with the opportunity for employment, career and personal development on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work as well as their potential to be developed into the job.

INSPIRE will not tolerate direct or indirect discrimination against any person on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation whether in the field of recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, career progression, training, transfer or dismissal.

It is also the responsibility of all staff in their daily actions, decisions and behaviour to endeavour to promote these concepts, to comply with all relevant legislation and to ensure that they do not discriminate against colleagues, volunteers, members, suppliers or any other person associated with INSPIRE.

ii) Key Actions

In adopting these principles INSPIRE:

  1. Will not tolerate acts that breach this policy and all such breaches or alleged breaches will be taken seriously, be fully investigated and may be subject to disciplinary action where
  2. Fully recognises its legal obligations under all relevant legislation and codes of practice.
  3. Will allow staff to pursue any matter through the internal procedures which they believe has exposed them to inequitable treatment within the scope of this policy. If you need to access these procedures they can be obtained from the Directorg. Grievance Procedure, Dignity at Work Procedure etc.
  4. Will ensure that INSPIRE understands and maintain its responsibilities and those of their staff under this
  5. Will offer opportunities for flexible working patterns, wherever operationally feasible, to help employees to combine a job with their domestic responsibilities.
  6. Will provide equal opportunity to all who apply for vacancies through open competition.
  7. Will select candidates only on the basis of their ability to carry out the job, using a clear and open process.
  8. Will provide all employees with the training and development that they need to carry out their job effectively.
  9. Will provide all reasonable assistance to employees who are or who become disabled, making reasonable adjustments wherever possible to provide continued employment. We will ensure an appropriate risk assessment is carried out and that appropriate specialist advice is obtained when necessary.
  10. Will distribute and publicise this policy statement within INSPIRE


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