About monitoring and why we do it

Monitoring is a process of collecting and analysing diversity data across characteristics such as age, gender, race, sexual orientation and disability. It provides clear indicators as to how equitable an organisation actually is. Under equality legislation, we are legally bound to undertake this process for patients and staff, to ensure that we are delivering and developing services that are fit for purpose.

The data is held in the strictest of confidence and covered by data protection law. The number of people who have access to the information is strictly limited. All information  is reported on a purely statistical basis and is not traceable to specific individuals. You cannot be identified from the data you provide.

Public sector organisations can use monitoring to ensure they are targeting services correctly. This ensures that the resources are diverted to relevant services. It also helps us to measure whether our workforce is reflective of the communities we serve, and to assess the impact of  policies and procedures on different groups of people in terms of progression, recruitment, shortlisting, grievance and complaints.

If you would like further information on how monitoring is undertaken in BSUH NHS Trust contact the Human Resources (HR) Department HREmploymentServices@bsuh.nhs.uk.  01444 448692 or 01444 448616

BSUH – Monitoring Sexual Orientation 2017 V1

Using monitoring data: making the most of sexual orientation data collection

Good Practice 2017 Sexual Orientation Monitoring