Equality & Diversity

Patient Equality
and Inclusion
Staff Equality
and Inclusion

Equality means treating everyone fairly. Sometimes that means giving people extra help to have the same chances as everyone else.
Inclusion means that everyone is valued and included. In Bridgewater this means both our patients and our staff.
Diversity means a mix of different kinds of people. For example men and women, disabled or non-disabled people, people of different races, and young and old people.
By clicking on the links on this page you can find all our equality reports.
You can also see how we make sure we provide the extra help that some patients or staff may need to have equality.

What equality, diversity and inclusion means in Bridgewater

Bridgewater is committed to providing health care services and employment opportunities that are equitable, that are free from discrimination, and that recognise and support diverse and individual needs.
We believe that the human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy should be met in everything we do.
Our commitments are made to our communities and staff, this includes those people from the nine protected characteristics, and those considered vulnerable or excluded, for example the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers, carers, and those in our prison populations. Our Equal Opportunities Policy provides further information on these commitments.
In 2019 we are delighted to become part of the NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners programme. Alongside colleagues from across the country we are looking forward to developing our understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and how our Trust can effectively make improvements for staff, patients and the wider communities we serve.

You will find on our web pages information on:

Contact Us
If you require any information then please contact us on the numbers below:
Ruth Besford – Equality & Inclusion Manager:

If you require any of the information or documents within the equality and diversity pages in another format or language please contact us.

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