Who we are

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Trust is committed to delivering fully inclusive services for the community we serve. We are also fully committed to ensuring our staff work in an environment that is free from discrimination.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality and diversity is central to our values and the provision of our services. As part of the NHS we are a public sector organisation with a statutory duty to ensure equality, diversity and human rights are embedded in everything we do, as required by the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.

Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible Information Standard was introduced in 2016. It ensures that service users and carers can receive information in a format that is accessible and able to be understood. If you need information in large print, braille, Easy Read, in another language or need other support, such as an interpreter, please let us know. You should also be asked if you have a preferred format for information when you first have contact with us. We will record your communication preferences and then share this information, with your consent, with other health and social care professionals.

If you have any questions about this, either speak to one of our staff or email ghc.comms@ghc.nhs.uk

Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous equalities legislation and introduced a general public sector equality duty which all public bodies, including the NHS, have to meet. The general duty has three aims and requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by The Equality Act 2010
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups
  • foster good relations between people from different groups. This involves tackling prejudice and promoting understanding between people from different groups

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws acts of discrimination against the following nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
Equality Delivery System

The EDS22 is a framework designed to help facilitate NHS organisations to assess, rate and improve services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS, while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty.

EDS Cover Report 2023

EDS Reporting Template and Action Plan 2023

EDS Cover Report 2024

EDS Reporting Template and Action Plan 2024



Gender Pay Gap

The Board of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust confirms its commitment to ongoing monitoring and analysis of its Gender Pay Gap data and to developing the appropriate actions which will reduce and eradicate this gap over time.

Additionally, the Board is fully committed to working in partnership with colleagues, stakeholder organisations and external agencies to learn from other organisations, apply good practice and to take innovative approaches, including positive action in its action to reduce and remove the gender pay gap.

This 2024 Gender Pay Gap Report was discussed and approved by our Trust Board on in March 2024.

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 was introduced to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect. Respect for the rights of individuals or groups is fundamental to their quality of life. The Human Rights Act has at its core the principles of FREDA – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy. We believe that these principles are fundamental to the NHS in general and to our Trust specifically.

NHS rainbow badges and lanyards
Rainbow LanyardYou may have spotted some of our staff wearing NHS rainbow badges and lanyards. This is just one way to show that Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC) services are open, non-judgmental and inclusive places for people who identify as LGBTQI+ – all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.

About the initiative

The rainbow badge initiative began at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to send a message of inclusion for people that identified as LGBTQI+. Lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people in the UK can still face significant barriers to accessing healthcare, which can have a direct impact on their physical and mental wellbeing. Research shows that:

  • one in five LGBTQI+ people are not ‘out’ to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care
  • one in seven have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination
  • one in eight have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they identify as LGBTQI+ (Stonewall, Nov 2018)
  • Most NHS Trusts in the UK now provide rainbow badges and lanyards to staff to help reduce these barriers.

At GHC we are fully committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all our patients, colleagues and visitors. Simple visible symbols, like the rainbow badges and lanyards, are designed to remind everyone that GHC is a safe space to talk, be open and get support if needed.

Have you spotted someone wearing a rainbow badge?

If you see a member of staff wearing a rainbow badge, ask them about it! It is a reminder that you can be open with all GHC staff about your identity and who you are. They will listen and respond without judgement and do their best to get you support if you need it. If you work for us and would like to know more, visit our staff intranet for more information about our lanyard and badges and how to make a pledge.

Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF)

The Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF) was a recommendation following the national Mental Health Act Review in 2018. In our Trust, PCREF exists to eliminate the unacceptable racial disparity in the access, experience and outcomes that Black communities face and to significantly improve their trust and confidence in mental health services.

PCREF is an ambitious and transformative programme where partnership working is at its heart.  We welcome local, Black-led community members and partners, Black patients who have used or are using Trust services, Carers and Trust staff at all levels to learn from and get involved with our PCREF approach.

What is the framework?

The Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework was a key recommendation following the national Mental Health Act Review in 2018. PCREF is NHS England’s accountability framework to tackle and eliminate the unacceptable racial inequalities in access, experience and outcomes faced by Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic communities and to significantly improve their trust and confidence in mental health services.

The PCREF is split into three core components:

  • Part 1: Leadership and Governance – Meeting Statutory and Legal requirements
  • Part 2: National Organisational Competencies
  • Part 3: The Patient and Carers Feedback Mechanism

We are able to look at our service data and clearly see which groups have the best and worst access, experience and outcomes (AEO). Our Trust data shows that patients from Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Mixed and Black Other census categories have the worst AEO with us and in this first iteration of PCREF, we are focusing on these groups. We will talk of ‘Black communities’ in our materials which refers to all four census categories listed above.

From Spring 2023, PCREF will be rolled out by NHS England across all mental health trusts and will form part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessments. The Trust is one of the pilot sites for PCREF, and this means, once developed, PCREF will begin to be rolled out by NHS England across all mental health trusts and will form part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessments. The Trust is an NHS England Pilot site for PCREF – we have been developing our work on all three components. As part of this we will test and learn from co-produced projects to transform services locally and inform what the national roll-out to all mental health providers will look like.

For more information about PCREF and our commitment to it, please contact us.

Trust Statement on Modern Slavery
We fully support the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Modern slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.

The Trust (GHCNHSFT) fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role the NHS has to play. We are strongly committed to ensuring our supply chains and operational activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses.

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for Financial Year 2020/21 

During the last financial year, the Trust took, and continues to take, the following steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place:

  • We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom
  • All staff are appointed subject to references, health checks, immigration checks and identity checks. This ensures that we can be confident, before staff commence duties, that they have a legal right to work within our Trust
  • We have a set of values and behaviours that staff are expected to comply with, and all candidates are expected to demonstrate these attributes as part of the selection process
  • By adopting the national pay, terms and conditions of service, we have the assurance that all staff will be treated fairly and will comply with the latest legislation. This includes the assurance that staff received, at least, the national minimum wage from 1 April 2015
  • We have various employment policies and procedures in place designed to provide guidance and advice to staff and managers but also to comply with employment legislation
  • Our equality and diversity, grievance, respect and dignity at work for staff policies additionally give a platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices
  • Our policies and practices promote and support diversity and inclusion both as an employer and service provider; we recognise and acknowledge that diversity and inclusion are key corporate social responsibilities and a Diversity Network for all staff has been in place since our Trust inception in October 2019.
  • Our mandatory safeguarding training includes modern slavery as a topic; all clinical staff receive training as part of our Trust bespoke level 2 safeguarding adult e-learning training and also level 3 safeguarding adult training
  • Our Trust “Safeguarding Adult at Risk Policy”, and the countywide multi-agency safeguarding policy, to which our Trust is a partner signatory, also includes modern slavery and we have produced communications materials to raise awareness amongst staff and anyone working on or otherwise attending our sites
  • Our Freedom to Speak: Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) Policy gives a platform for employees to raise concerns for further investigation, and our Freedom To Speak Up Guardian and Safeguarding teams actively ensure they are accessible to staff
  • The Procurement Team work on the principle of zero tolerance of modern slavery in our supply chain. Our standard terms and conditions require  suppliers to comply with relevant legislation and tender evaluations include Social Economic factors. A large proportion of the goods and services procured are sourced through Government supply frameworks and contracts also require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation
  • We continue to work with our suppliers directly and via partners, such as NHS Supply Chain, to support initiatives related to modern slavery.

Review of Effectiveness

The Trust will continue to take further steps to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in terms of modern slavery and human trafficking, particularly within supply chains. We aim to:

  • Raise awareness and support our staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that each and every individual working at our Trust can have in keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe
  • Ensure that all staff continue to have access to training on modern slavery and human trafficking which will provide the latest information and the skills to deal with it
  • Embed Social Value best practice into commercial processes which will achieve improved Social Value awareness and compliance across all our commercial activities
  • Impact assess all new or reviewed policies for diversity and inclusion compliance

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 March 2021.

Annual Equalities Report

You can view the latest report here: https://sway.office.com/AtgxhIloRb5o2QdF