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