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Measures to improve diversity and inclusion

The NHS Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is a framework that supports the NHS to deliver better services for patients and communities which are personal, fair and diverse. It helps us to meet the requirements of the Equality Duty.

The Trust is continuing with the extensive piece of work required to grade its performance against the goals and outcomes of the EDS2.  The self-assessment for Goal 3 - A Representative & Supported Workforce - has been completed by the Trust's Equality & Diversity Group and you can read it here. The self-assessment for Goal 4 - Inclusive Leadership - has been completed by the Trust's Equality & Diversity Group (with contributions from Divisional staff) and you can read it here.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Diversity&


Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

In response to the NHS Equality & Diversity Council announcement in July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was implemented.

All NHS organisations are required to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality through the nine point Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) metric. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust published its first report on its position in respect of these indicators in July 2015.  The 2015 position is summarised in this document and further details are contained in the 2015 Workforce Race Equality Standard Report.

The data for 2016 was submitted to NHS England and is included, together with planned actions, signed off by the Trust's Workforce and Organisational Development Group on behalf of the Board, in the  Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2016

The 2017 data was sent to NHS England in July, and the Workforce Race Equality Standard Progress Report and Action Plan 2017 has been approved by the Senior Leadership Team and endorsed by the Trust Board.

Following submission of the 2018 data to NHS England in July, the Workforce Race Equality Standard Progress Report and Action Plan 2018 has been approved by the Director of People.


The Accessible Information Standard

The aim of the Standard is to ensure that all patients with accessible communication and information needs are able to access information in a format that they can read and understand, so that they can make informed and timely decisions about their health and their treatment.

There are Five Steps which make up the Accessible Information Standard:

  1. Ask/identify if a person has any communication/information needs relating to a disability or sensory loss.
  2. Record those needs in a clear and standard way in electronic and/or paper documents in a way that is highly visible.
  3. Flag the needs in a way that prompts staff to take reasonable adjustments to ensure that a person's information and communication needs can be met.
  4. Share information about a person's information/communication needs as part of existing data sharing processes (following existing information governance guidance) to other NHS organisations that are involved with the patients care.
  5. Take steps to ensure that a person receives information that they can access and understand and provide communication support if required.

All organisations that provide NHS or Adult social care must follow the standard by July 31st 2016.  Full implementation of the Standard is one of the Trust's Quality Objectives for 2016/17, and supports the achievement of one the Trust's Equality & Diversity Objectives - To improve access to services for our local communities.