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Staff forums

Black and Minority Ethnic Workers (BME) Forum

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Bristol Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Workers Forum supports staff from BAME communities (including the EU) by hosting a number of events each year to enable staff to get together and share their experiences, voice their concerns, facilitate personal development and to network. The Forum represents BAME staff strategically by feeding into appropriate senior management groups and acting as an advisory body. The core group also actively collaborates with other forums and organisations to develop best practice, develop the services it offers and to assist the Trust with recruitment and retention of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic workers by promoting the Trust as a positive career choice.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Forum

The forum is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members of Trust staff and supporters within UHBristol to discuss LGBT related issues within the organisation.

We feedback and work closely with Human Resources on issues that affect our LGBT staff as well as working to promote equality within the Trust.  With the Equality & Diversity Group we work to raise the profile of the forum and support staff across the Trust.  Through our forum we have been able to feedback good patient experiences, and we are working towards promoting a greater understanding of the issues faced by LGBT patients.   


Living and Working with Disability, Illness or Impairment (LAWDII)

The Forum is a group of UH Bristol staff with visible and non-visible disabilities and impairments, from multi-disciplinary backgrounds across the whole of the Trust, and of different gender, ethnicity, religion/faith, age and sexual orientation.  It enables staff and volunteers with physical, sensory or mental impairments to raise awareness of any issues they may encounter at work.

The network is about sharing best practice and the empowerment of staff members, supporting non-disabled staff and managers by raising awareness of issues relating to disability, illness and injury, ensuring that the Trust benefits from disabled employees' experience and improves policy and practice as a result. We act as a consultative group when looking to improve accessibility and as a resource for disabled staff.