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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)

The NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES is designed to be a tool and an enabler of change. It was implemented in response to the NHS Equality & Diversity Council's 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 WRES highlights any differences between the experience and treatment of white staff and BME staff in the NHS with a view to closing those gaps through the development and implementation of action plans focused upon continuous improvement over time.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust's WRES Reports and action plans since 2015 are included below.   

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2015

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2016

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2017 

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2018 

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2019


Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is designed to improve workplace experience and career opportunities for Disabled people working, or seeking employment, in the National Health Service (NHS). The WDES follows the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) as a tool and enabler of change.

The WDES is a series of evidence-based Metrics that provides NHS organisations with a snapshot of the experiences of their Disabled staff in key areas. By providing comparative data between Disabled and non-disabled staff, the information can be used to understand where key differences lie, and provide the basis for the development of action plans enabling organisations to track progress on a year by year basis.

2019 is the first year of reporting on the WDES. UH Bristol's report and action plan is included below.

Workforce Disability Equality Standard Report & Action Plan 2019

Both the WRES and WDES action plans for 2019 have been informed by the Trust's Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Plan for 2020 - 2025.


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.