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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Religion or Belief

46.1% of residents in Birmingham said they were Christian, 21.8% Muslim, and 19.3% said they had no religion

Our Trust has a workforce with a wide range of beliefs providing services to a diverse population. We are committed to recognising the needs of service users and staff of diverse religious and faith groups and of people without religious belief. We are also committed to responding sensitively and appropriately to their needs.

We recognise the importance of taking account of the personal needs, such as religious, cultural and dietary requirements of the multicultural and spiritually diverse population that our Trust serves.

Many faith institutions and places of worship are involved in a wide range of educational, health and social welfare activities, especially for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities. Our Trust will continue to consult with and involve local religious and faith communities in the provision of NHS Mental Health Services.

At work our Trust welcomes different forms of dress according to cultural and religious backgrounds, balanced with the need to provide a safe and service user focused place of work.

We are also committed to promoting an inclusive working culture where people can practice their religion or belief safely and without fear of harassment and discrimination. The Trust provides scope for prayer and reflection within flexible working practices.

The Trust Spirituality Team is available for further advice and support, as is the BAME Staff Network.

Additionally, for more information, ACAS has published a brief guide on their website regarding what constitutes a religion/faith/philosophical belief and how religious protection comes into action in the workplace.