Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at North Bristol NHS Trust

"Being able to be and feel accepted in who you are at work is a fundamental marker of the quality of everyone's working life"

Nigel Jones , LGBT+ Staff Network Chair and Trust LGBTQ+ Champion

Here at North Bristol NHS Trust, we believe in a people first culture and that begins with encouraging our diverse talent in an inclusive environment. We're committed to creating a workplace that maximises the potential of all of our people, where everyone is valued and feels empowered to contribute to our Trust mission to provide outstanding patient care and able to to do the best work they are capable of. 

Our staff networks provide an opportunity to play an active role in supporting decision making about Trust policies and practices and a place where staff can seek additional support. 


BAME Staff Network

BAME Staff Network

We have an active BAME staff network and would welcome all BAME members of staff to join us. 

Black History Month 2020

Black History Month 2020 at NBT launched on Friday 2 October with the official renaming of the Princess Campbell building at Southmead. Princess Campbell was one of the city’s first Black ward sisters and this recognises her lasting contribution to social justice and equality in the city.

In a socially distanced and ‘Rule of six’ abiding ceremony, Bristol’s Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding and Somerset Magistrate Sandra Gordon joined Princess’s son Dennis and NBT’s Chief Executive Andrea Young on Friday to unveil a plaque commemorating Princess Campbell’s lasting legacy in the local NHS and wider Bristolian society.

The idea to rename the building was first proposed by NBT’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff network to recognise how Princess blazed a trail for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority staff.

Part of the Windrush generation, Princess moved to Britain from Kingston in 1962, trained as a nurse and overcame racial discrimination to become Bristol’s first Black Ward Sister at Glenside Hospital. She later campaigned tirelessly for disadvantaged communities in Bristol and championed a range of community activities and organisations.

There is an art and poetry exhbition in the Brunel atrium showcasing work submitted or created by member of the BAME Staff Network, there will be various musical performances, a Black History Month book collection in the library and Caribbean and African cuisine in the Vu and Pavilion throughout the month. Black, Asian and ethnic minority staff will be sharing some of their stories via video and inspirational Black figures throughout history will be profiled throughout the month.

Listening Events- May + June 2020

A series of listening events were planned in May and June 2020 to enable our BAME colleagues to share their thoughts on the current situation, how it affects them as a BAME member of staff and to raise any concerns that they have. These events were well received by BAME colleagues working in roles throughout our Trust and we are proud that these events were also nominated for the Health Equalities Parliamentary Award.  

Red Card to Racism campaign

We launched our Red Card to Racism campaign on 04 November 2019 to empower staff to report and challenge racism and discrimination and to demonstrate our zero tolerance policy to abuse. Our campaign received coverage across the BCC and ran as top story during its launch on  BBC Points West. In October 2020, our Red Card to Racismn campaign won the Partnership Award in the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) awards.

Cultural Ambassadors

The Cultural Ambassador's role is a voluntary role within the Trust. They will provide independent advise and guidance to investigating teams and disciplinary or grievance panels when they are investigating or considering allegations for or against a Black and Ethnic Minority member of staff. The project has the full support of the executive team and is endorsed by the Trust's Equality Panel.

The aim of the Cultural Ambassador is to help ensure fairness in the manner in which the BME member of staff is treated during the formal process of the investigation, grievance or disciplinary. The Cultural Ambassador will support and advise the investigating team or disciplinary panel on equality, diversity and cultural bias issues, particularly where unfair bias (conscious or unconscious), less favourable treatment or discrimination, should this be identified. 

BAME Staff Network - Key Contacts

Annette Hughes - BAME Staff Network Chair

Sanjay Gandhi - Trust BAME Champion

To find out more about joining the BAME Staff Network, please contact inclusion@nbt.nhs.uk.

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

NHS Virtual Pride 2020

This year, we celebrated the first NHS Virtual Pride which took place on 26 June 2020. During this event, staff from roles across the Trust share their reasons for wearing our rainbow lanyards and badges to show their support for LGBTQ+ staff, patients and visitors. 

Bristol Pride 2020

We represented our Trust at Bristol Pride 2019 showing our support for the LGBTQ+ community in Bristol. Bristol Pride was listed in the top 4 UK Pride events and in the top 50 in the world in the Global Top50 Pride events.  This year, Bristol Pride 2020 was held online in September and included a virtual parade and performances from previous events. 

LGBTQ+ History Month 2020

To mark LGBTQ+ History Month in March 2020, we heal an exhibition in the Atrium, entitled 'Revealing Stories'.


Key Contacts

Dr Nigel Jones - LGBTQ+ Staff Network Chair and the Trust LGBTQ+ Champion

To find out more about joining the LGBTQ+ Staff Network, please contact inclusion@nbt.nhs.uk.

Disabled Staff Network

Disabled Staff Network

Disability History Month - 2020

Plans our underway for our 2020 celebration of Disability History month which takes place between 18 November and 20 December. Keep an eye on our social media platforms for further updates about this event.

Adjustment Passport

Supporting staff with a disability is important for our organisation and one way we do this is with our adjustment passports.

An adjustment passport is a way of keeping one record of all adjustments that have been agreed and is a live record of adjustments that have been agreed between a staff member and their line manager to support them at work.

This passport belongs to the member of staff and can be shared with anyone they feel needs to know about their condition and the adjustments that have been agreed. 

The adjustment passport can help with:

  • Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) - these include, but are not limited to dyslexia, dyspraxia, or attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (AD(H)D).
  • Mental health difficulties- these include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders, or psychosis.
  • Autism spectrum conditions (ASCs)- this includes Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA).
  • Sensory impairments- these include, but are not limited to visual or hearing impairment, blindness, or deafness (with or without British Sign Language as a first of preferred language). 
  • Mobility difficulties- these include, but are not limited to paralysis, scoliosis, chronic pain, difficulty walking, or using a wheelchair. 

Please note, this list doesn't include all disabilities or health conditions and we would encourage staff to speak to their line manager if they feel the Adjustment Passport would be right for them. 

Key Contacts

Angela Micciche - Disabled Staff Network Chair

Simon Wood - Trust Disability Champion

To find out more about joining the Disabled Staff Network, please contact inclusion@nbt.nhs.uk. 

Celebrating 10 years of the Equality Act

"Here at North Bristol we are really committed to change and to change quickly to ensure that we really are inclusive and diverse in everything that we do"

Jacqui Marshall - Director of People and Transformation


Have you heard of the Bristol Equality Charter?

Everybody counts- a pledge for equality across Bristol - Bristol Equality Charter

In 2018, North Bristol NHS Trust played a pivotal role in the city wide launch of the Bristol Equality Charter. This Charter is to mark the commitment of key players across Bristol in working towards acheiving race equality across the city, with everyone having the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Drawn up in partnership with public bodies, private companies and the voluntary sector, this is unique to Bristol and is already offering valuable collaborations with other signatories.

For more information, please visit the Bristol Equality Charter page on the Bristol Council website available here. 

Through partnership with 11 other organisations across Bristol and its surrounding areas we are taking a look at the 'bigger picture' for equality through a Strategic leaders group. This group has been responsible for setting up the Bristol "Stepping Up" programme. This group was awarded the 2018 'Transparency Award' at the Global Equality and Diversity Awards for their work in researching and presenting the race diversity statistics of all the public sector organisations in Bristol. Further information can be found on the Bristol Council website at www.bristol.gov.uk/policies-plans-strategies/bristol-race-equality-strategic-leaders-group