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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Last updated: 15/02/2021

Our 2021/22 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

The Trust is committed to inclusion in everything we do. To achieve this, we have developed an ambitious equality, diversity and inclusion action plan for 2021/22 that focuses on supporting our staff and patients across all nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The action plan was presented at the Trust People Committee on 25 January 2021.

Prior to our merger into a new Trust on 1 April 2020, our equality, diversity and inclusion compliance and publications can be accessed by clicking here. 

Celebrating LGBT history month

The Trust marked LGBT history month with a successful and generative mini-conference with over 60 people attending including the exec team with commitment to work with Bristol’s Freedom Youth and  ShoutOut Radio. To celebrate LGBT history month, the Trust also produced an engaging 3-minute video on the key events that shaped the lives of the LGBT community.

Staff networks

The Trust recognises that the passionate and dedicated people who work for us are our greatest asset. Currently, three staff networks meet regularly to offer a safe place for under-represented and disadvantaged individuals/groups to come together and share experiences, discuss and support career and personal development opportunities and also help change organisational culture to be more inclusive.

ABLE+ staff network supports staff and volunteers with physical, sensory or mental impairments to raise awareness of reasonable adjustment solutions to issues encountered at work.

The BAME staff network supports staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and other backgrounds.

The LGBT+ staff network supports lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans staff.

COVID 19 Staff Risk Assessment

Without our amazing and dedicated staff, there would be no NHS service to serve our local populations’ healthcare needs. The covid pandemic has been and continues to be a challenge for staff to stay safe, but at the same time, provide the same level of professional and compassionate care for patients. To that end, the Trust’s risk assessment process aims to holistically assess all staff’s individual risk and put in place steps to mitigate the risk.

We are pleased to say that by August 2020, we had assessed 91% of our staff with a personal and/or workplace risk assessment. This included 94% of our Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) staff who had completed mild, high or very high risk assessment.