Equality & Diversity

Patient Equality
and Inclusion
Staff Equality
and Inclusion

Coronavirus/Covid 19 – Information in other languages and formats

It is important that all patients and their family members and carers receive information about the current Coronavirus/Covid 19 outbreak and that this information is provided in a language or format that is suitable for their individual needs.

A number of organisations are working to produce the important Coronavirus information and advice in other languages and formats, and we are trying here to publish or provide links for you to use.

You will find to follow:

  • General Advice About Coronavirus – available in other languages
  • BSL signed information
  • Easy Read and Information For People With Learning Disabilities
  • Advice About Social Distancing – available in other languages
  • Staying At Home Guidance (Self Isolating) – available in other languages
  • Shielding Guidance – available in other languages

AskDoc, the community healthcare organisation for BAME communities in Greater Manchester have posted some translated videos, two, in Urdu and Sylheti about Ramadan and Covid 19, and other videos about Covid 19, staying safe etc. in several different languages, go to http://askdoc.org.uk/videos/

General Advice About Coronavirus – Doctors Of The World

We have provided below information and advice in more than 50 languages, as at 13th May we are waiting for updated translations regarding latest Government guidelines, but the documents below provide all the official information pre 13th May lockdown easing measures, see full list below:

Doctors Of The World have also started to provide translated videos of the information, so far this includes Arabic, Gujarati, Spanish and Turkish. Follow this link to access the videos:

Coronavirus video advice

BSL Signed Information

For BSL users in our Deaf community please find some useful webpage links below:

Easy Read And Information For People With Learning Disabilities

Government Easy Read Information:

Mencap And Other Easy Read Information:

And finally, and I hope these links work, please see below two videos about hand washing, one in Makaton and one created by learning disability charity Mencap:

We have produced a Learning Disabilities Support Factsheet with signposting to easy read information, carers information and other resources:

Learning Disabilities Support Factsheet

Advice About Social Distancing

This advice to follow is for everyone except those in residential care settings, (advice for those areas can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance):

Staying At Home Guidance (Self Isolating)

This Government guidance is aimed at people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus who do not require hospital treatment but must remain at home until they are well; and household members of people showing symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus:

And the official website – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Shielding Guidance
This Government guidance is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in our society:

And the website is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19?utm_source=b18ef35f-c4fe-4cfd-88c7-38f076819e51&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate#history 


Equality means treating everyone fairly. Sometimes that means giving people extra help to have the same chances as everyone else.


means that everyone is valued and included. In Bridgewater this means our patients, our communities 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 at the bottom of 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 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2019 – 2020 sets out our vision, aim and seven core principles in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion:

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.

Every year we publish a calendar for staff use, providing information on religious observances, and particular awareness raising events. For 2020 we have joined with colleagues in Health and Wellbeing and Staff Engagement to produce a joint calendar:

In 2019 we were delighted to join the NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners Programme, and we have renewed our commitment for 2020, allowing us to continue to work with partners from across the NHS on increasing our understanding and developing our practices that support equality, diversity and inclusion.

You will find on our web pages information on:

Contact Us
If you require any further information on equality, diversity and inclusion in Bridgewater, or information from these equality pages in other languages or formats, then please contact me ruth.besford@nhs.net or contact me at 01925 946031 (HR team number).

Ruth Besford – Equality & Inclusion Manager

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