For the third year in a row, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has been named as one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers.
The Trust, which provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire, has been ranked at number 32 in the list.
The ranking demonstrates improvements to embrace diversity and create an inclusive organisation. In 2018, the Trust was ranked in 36th place and in 45th place in 2017.
Dominic Hardisty, Chief Executive for AWP, said: “This is fantastic news for the Trust, our staff, patients, families and carers as it demonstrates continued improvements over the last three years.
“Creating an inclusive, fair working environment and putting equality, inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything we do is really important to us, so to have that work recognised in this way is testament to the hard work of all our staff to treat each other, our patients, carers and families with equality, dignity and respect.”
The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers is a list of UK based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment within their organisation.
Julian Feasby, Director of Human Resources for AWP said: “We strive to create a working environment where everyone feels welcome and accepted regardless of their differences.
“The hard work and commitment from our staff to ensure our recruitment procedures, retention work, training and other initiatives are inclusive is really making a difference as we are continuing to see improvements year on year.”