We are proud to be an inclusive trust

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we are able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues. Our aim is to create a workplace where everyone is enabled to thrive, and to know that their voice is valued and heard.

Our priority is ensure that Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is designed with inclusion at its heart. This means taking bold and innovative action to remove barriers to equality and inclusion.

We focus on the wellbeing of every one of our people aim to create an environment where you to have the confidence to be you, knowing that you’ll be treated fairly and will have equal opportunity to develop and grow your career. By promoting equality of opportunity, we’re building a culture and a community that actively celebrates and practices dignity, respect and inclusion towards patients and colleagues alike. This is supported by a number of groups representing and supporting different staff groups. We’ll continue to look ahead and to celebrate the diverse insights, perspectives and ideas that bring benefits for everyone: staff, patients and the Trusts as a whole. We’ll continue to listen to and learn from our colleagues lived experiences to help shape a culture that truly embraces diversity and inclusion.

Everyone belongs

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust. All colleagues are welcome to join our networks which include:

  • Multicultural network
  • Women’s network
  • Armed Forces network
  • LGBTQ+ network
  • Lived experience network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic colleague network.

Leading the way

Our approach will set us apart, and while will not be an easy journey, our leaders are fully committed to making our vision for inclusion a reality.


Our key equality reports can be found on our publications page. Some of these were published before the launch of the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in April 2020, and are therefore the reports of our previous two trusts. For archived reports, please email inclusion@somersetft.nhs.uk.