Equality & Diversity


Equality and diversity in our hospitals is about valuing every patient as a unique individual


Gloucestershire’s rich history is reflected in the diversity of the population of 612,000 that Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is proud to serve.

Equality and diversity in our hospitals is about valuing every patient as a unique individual. It means recognising that some people will need different treatment to achieve a fair outcome. This is why we're committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them.

Our culture

Our staff can expect to be treated with decency, dignity and respect, employed by an organisation with no tolerance for harassment, bullying or discrimination. We commit to encouraging staff  to contribute to a culture which values the unique identity of our patients and each other.

We know that involving our diverse and varied communities when designing our services for the future is essential if we are to make sure the right care and support is available when and where it is needed. We provide care for all sections of the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, age, physical or sensory impairment, sexual orientation or cultural background.  

Equality in the NHS

Under the Equality Act 2010, NHS organisations have what is called a ‘general equality duty’ to promote equality. They must:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

The Equality Act 2010 and the NHS Equality Delivery System [EDS] provide us with a challenge and opportunity to look again at the design and delivery of our services to make sure they are equal and appropriate to the people we serve. We know that we have some way to go in rising to these challenges.

You can read more about what we have been doing to improve by reading about the work of the Equality Committee in the papers via the link below and by looking at our Board Papers.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard

Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations. Read more about it here.

Diversity training

All Trust staff are required to complete Equality and Diversity e-learning.All new members of staff joining the Trust receive equality and diversity training as part of their corporate induction programme

Becoming a member of our Trust

If you live in Gloucestershire you can become a member of the Trust for free and we welcome new members.n When you register as a member, you can have real input into shaping the future of our hospitals. We have around 12,000 members of our Trust.

Join us today – it's quick and easy and it is free.


equality at our trust protected characteristics Personal, Fair and Diverse News and events

Equality Committee and Reports

Read about the work of our Equality Committee including papers from meetings and our yearly report.

The protected characteristics

Find out more about each of the protected characteristics in equality legislation.


Personal, Fair and Diverse

We are proud to be an active partner in the NHS Employers Personal, Fair and Diverse Campaign (NHS PFD).


News and events

Find out more about events around our Trust and contact us with your views.