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Equality and diversity

Diversity

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Valuing everyone

Bristol's population is hugely diverse and varied. To serve this community properly, we understand and firmly believe that we must prevent unlawful discrimination, offer equality of opportunity and provide an inclusive environment for patients, carers, visitors and staff.

What is diversity?

Diversity is valuing everyone as a unique individual. It means recognising that some people will need different treatment to achieve a fair outcome - which is why we're committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. It means treating all our employees with decency, dignity and respect, with no tolerance for harassment, bullying or discrimination. 

How does it affect patients?

We aim to provide services to all sections of the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or sensory impairment or social and cultural background. We will respect human rights. We will publish information about those services as widely as possible and work with outside organisations to achieve these goals.

How does it affect staff?

We aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels, offering recognition and support regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or sensory impairment or social and cultural background. We also work with community groups and organisations to spread awareness of careers within the Trust.

The Trust regularly reviews its equality, diversity and human rights policy, the latest version is available here

How do we do this?

We have an Equality and Diversity/Health and Well Being Group which focuses on this important agenda.  We also have staff forums for black and ethnic minority staff and staff with physical or sensory impairments.  We also work with other local NHS organisations to develop and share best practice.  Above all, though, every member of staff, whatever their position, has a personal responsibility to contribute to a culture which values everyone as a unique individual.