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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. Our document 'Valuing Diversity' sets out the Trust's core principles in valuing diversity of both patients and staff.

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.

How do we do this?

We have operational groups which work on specific areas - race, religion, age, physical and sensory impairment, gender and transsexuality and social inclusion. We also have forums for black and ethnic minority staff and staff with physical or sensory impairments. These have made real strides, ranging from practical changes like changing signage to help the visually impaired and creating online toolkits to support managers and staff. 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.

Information about our statutory duties

Equality Update February 2013 - equality news from Bristol's health partners