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Wiltshire trust celebrates cultural diversity of NHS staff  

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Visitors and staff have been encouraged to learn more about the cultural diversity that exists within Salisbury District Hospital.

The trust’s annual Everyone event focused this year on celebrating NHS staff diversity, with the aim of highlighting the many different cultural groups at the hospital.

“We are lucky to have staff from so many parts of the world who have brought their skills and experience to Salisbury”

Nick Marsden

The event featured information stands, food tasting and music designed to highlight the breadth of different cultures and nationalities working at the hospital including those from Europe, Africa and Asia.

In 2011, the Office for the National Statistics estimated that 4.7% of the Wiltshire population was Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. The trust employs around 4,000 staff, of which around 9% of the workforce are from one of these ethnic backgrounds.

Trust chair Dr Nick Marsden said: “We believe that equality is about treating everyone as an individual, with the respect, consideration and understanding that is so essential to the health and wellbeing of our organisation.

“We are lucky to have staff from so many parts of the world who have brought their skills and experience to Salisbury,” he said.

He added: “Equality for Everyone gave us an opportunity to highlight the differences between people of all backgrounds and the way in which they enhance the care we provide here for our patients.”

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