With over 92 spoken languages, 45 faith groups and a vibrant LGBT community, Bristol is an amazingly diverse city.
Recognising our role in creating a fairer society and reflecting the communities we serve, we have a clear commitment to delivering services that embrace the cultures, languages and individual needs of our service users, and to actively working to reduce inequalities in health.
Our biggest asset is our people and with our diverse workforce comes experience, expertise and new innovative ways of working. We are committed to creating an inclusive positive workplace where everyone is respected and supported and where all contributions are valued. At Bristol Community Health we strive to challenge ourselves to achieve more every day and through the development of staff we can enhance talent, capabilities and leadership skills.
That means actively and passionately promoting equality wherever and whenever possible. And as a responsible employer, we ensure our people are both aware of and able to meet the needs of our diverse and expanding service users.
We are guided by the following 4 principles, which apply to everyone:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and the potential for any other kind of discriminatory behaviour not covered under the Equality Act (2010);
- Promoting equality between people who share a personal characteristic that is protected by law, such as age, gender, and ethnic identity, and those who do not share it;
- Developing good relations between people who have a personal characteristic that is protected by law and those who do not;
- Treating people fairly, with respect and dignity, and as individuals.
Working together to champion equality & diversity
We’re working hard to ensure we reflect and represent the communities we serve by:
- Taking part in Bristol’s annual Pride Celebrations
- Being a Disability Leader
- Developing specific language recruitment plans to target jobs in areas across the city
- Listening and pro-actively responding to team members from BAME backgrounds on the faces featured in our recruitment campaigns
- Committing to fair and equitable support for our workforce through the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and a new WDES (Workforce Disability Equality Standard)
- Mainstreaming the opportunities for all to understand and appreciate the diversity of our colleagues and our communities
- Celebrating diversity as the norm rather than the exception
- Signing up to the Stepping Up programme to encourage diverse talent.
Our patient’s stories
Watch Akhtar’s story and see how our teams have worked collaboratively with him and his family.