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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Last updated: 15/02/2021

Our Bi-Annual Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Integrated Performance Report and 2021/22 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.

We wanted to bring the myriad of EDI activities, risk and assurance together into one place. Our first bi-annual EDI integrated performance report covering the period October 2020 to March 2021 plus our strategic EDI action plan 2021/22 was approved and ratified by the Trust Board on 29 July 2021. You can read the bi-annual EDI report Oct 2020 - March 2021 by clicking this link.

The Trust Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2025 can be found by clicking here.

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. 

Call me by my name – Trust-wide Equality Diversity & Inclusion Policy & Awareness Training

All our names deserve to be treated with honour, dignity and respect. Our names are unique identifiers that tell a story – a snapshot of a place and time in history based on traditions, culture or religious beliefs. Often we pay homage to our ancestors and role models by naming our children after them. Therefore, name-calling, assigning uncalled for nicknames and deliberately mispronouncing names are demeaning and morally unacceptable – these are unwelcomed microaggressions (often plainly racist), and have no part to play in our Trust. This short video is a simple guide on how we can all make a concerted effort to ensure all members of our diverse workforce are allowed to come to work as a ‘whole’ person in an inclusive and welcoming place.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Duties

Under the Equality Act 2010, the Trust has a duty to meet the needs of people with protected characteristics and reduce and eliminate the disadvantage that such groups suffer.

The Equality Act covers the following nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race (includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • Religion or belief (includes no belief)
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Marriage and civil partnership

Public sector organisations such as the NHS have duties referred to as the Public Sector Equality Duty.  It consists of a general duty for public sector organisations to have due regard for the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

Guide to Personal Pronouns

As part of our contribution to PRIDE Month 2021, The Trust has produced a short video guide to using Personal Pronouns 

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.