About monitoring and why we do it
Monitoring is a process of collecting and analysing diversity data. It provides clear indicators as to how equitable an organisation is. Under equality legislation, we are legally bound to undertake this process for patients and staff.
The data is held in the strictest of confidence and covered by data protection law. All information is reported on a purely statistical basis and is not traceable to specific individuals. Public sector organisations can use monitoring to ensure they are targeting services correctly. This has a huge impact on funding – ensuring 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.