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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Bridgewater commits to providing health care services and employment opportunities that are equitable, free from discrimination, and supportive of individual needs. We believe in upholding the human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy for our staff, our patients, and their families and carers in everything we do.

Our commitments are made to all our communities and staff, including those from the nine protected characteristic groups, and those considered vulnerable or excluded, for example the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers, and carers. Our Equal Opportunities Policy provides further information on these commitments.

On this first page of this equality and diversity section you can find information on:

  • Our Equality and Diversity Action Plan
  • Our Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) reports and action plans
  • Our contact details

Please use the tabs above to find our information on further topics such as the Public Sector Equality Duty, Equality Analysis of our services, and our Equality Delivery System (EDS2) results.


Equality and Diversity Action Plan

Our current work on equality and inclusion is set out in the annual Equality and Diversity Action Plan.


NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

From April 2015 NHS organisations are required to demonstrate progress against nine indicators of workforce race equality.

The inclusion of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in the standard NHS contract from 2015 onwards follows on from several recent reports that highlight disparities in employment experience and opportunity for BME staff at all levels within NHS Trusts, and the failure of Trust boards to reflect the diversity of the local populations they represent.

Reports also highlight the positive link between the experiences and well being of an engaged and supported BME staff and patient experience and safety.

NHS England have produced a short video that provides some more information on the WRES.


Contact Us

If you require any information then please contact us on the numbers below:

Ruth Besford – Equality & Inclusion Officer:

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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