04 July 2019

Top award to celebrate further improvements in diversity and inclusion for Trust

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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has been recognised for its continued progress on equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Trust, which provides mental health services across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire, has been awarded a silver award from the Employer's Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI).

ENEI's Talent Inclusion and Diversity Evaluations (TIDEmark) assessment measures an organisation's approach and progress on diversity and inclusion within a number of areas, including: workforce, leadership and accountability, strategy and plan, recruitment and attraction, training and development, other employment practices, communication and engagement with staff and procurement.

In 2018, the Trust was given a bronze award and over the last 12 months has continued to make progress in all of the areas assessed.

Some of the measures taken by AWP to improve equality, diversity and inclusion include:

• Building a network of internal sponsors and champions for equality, diversity and inclusion
• We have established staff equality groups in our Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) secure services
• Worked in partnership with Bristol City Council to develop the city's Equality Charter
• Promote the diversity of our workforce internally and externally, so that our staff, service users and our communities have trust and confidence in us as an employer and a provider of services committed to equality and diversity
• Asking for staff feedback on equality, diversity and inclusion related issues through the NHS annual staff survey, which then helps us to focus targeted work to improve the experience of staff working for us

Julian Feasby, AWP's Director of Human Resources, said: "We are delighted to have received a silver award from the ENEI in recognition of our continued work to ensure our staff, service users, families and carers feel part of an inclusive and diverse organisation. We strive to promote equality and diversity as part of our work to improve people's lives and wellbeing and this award shows recognition of the hard work our staff are carrying out to make sure everyone is treated equally and fairly. We know there is still more that can be done and we remain committed to continue to improve so that we achieve the gold award, and more importantly maintain that gold standard."

To find out more about working for AWP visit www.jobs.awp.nhs.uk


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