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P787 Equality and DiversityEquality & Diversity

Prior to the 2010 there were multiple laws in place to ensure equality and diversity, these laws were amalgamated in the Equality Act (2010).

All organisations are required to demonstrate equality in the workplace and this module is a brief introduction to those requirements.

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Aims

  • To understand the meaning of equality and ersity
  • To be able to identify the protected characteristics
  • To understand different types of discrimination
  • To understand the effects of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

Objectives

On completion of this module you will understand the meaning of equality and diversity and its importance in the workplace. This will be achieved by being able to identify the protected characteristics, the different types of discrimination and understand the effects of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.

  • About This Course
  • Legislation

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. Human rights are the legal rights and freedoms that individuals can expect to enjoy, can exercise and are based on core principles such as dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy. Equality, Diversity and Human Rights are entirely relevant to day-to-day life and provide the framework which protects the freedom for individuals to control his/her own life, prevent discrimination and set expectations for enabling fair and equal services to and from public authorities.

The health sector has a responsibility to ensure delivery of services and workforce management which fully demonstrate and reflect the principles of equality, diversity and human rights. It is through the active and effective understanding of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights that the health sector will be able to recruit and retain a workforce that is more reflective of and sensitive to the population it seeks to serve.

Legislation – UK Wide

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Human Rights Act 1998

Legislation – Scotland

  • Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011
  • Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill
  • Scottish Public Sector Equality Duties

Legislation – Northern Ireland

  • Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005
  • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003
  • Northern Ireland Act 1998
  • The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006
  • The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

Legislation – Wales

  • Government of Wales Act
  • Wales Public Sector Duties

Key Guidance – England

  • Department of Health Human Rights in Healthcare
  • Equality Race Commission – New Equality Act Guidance
  • NHS Constitution
  • NHS England (2015), Accessible Information Standard
  • NHS England (2015), NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • NHS England (2015), The Equality Delivery System
  • NHS England (2015), Monitoring Equality and Health Inequalities: A Position Paper

Key Guidance - Scotland

  • NHS Scotland, Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision

Key Guidance – Northern Ireland

  • Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 A Guide for Public Authorities

Key Guidance – Wales

  • Annual Reporting, publishing and Ministerial duties – A guide for listed public authorities in Wales
  • Assessing Impact – A guide for listed public authorities in Wales
  • Engagement – A guide for listed public authorities in Wales
  • Equality Objectives and Strategic Equality Plans (SEPs)
  • Equality Information Impact – A guide for listed public authorities in Wales
  • Essential Guide to Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Procurement – A guide for listed public authorities in Wales

Expert Organisations

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (England, Wales)
  • Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
  • NHS Employers
  • The NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights

Care Quality Commission – Fundamental Standards / Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 – (England)

  • Person-centred care (H&SC Act Regulation 9) 
  • Dignity and respect (H&SC Act Regulation 10)
  • Safeguarding service users from abuse and improper treatment (H&SC Act Regulation 13)
  • Receiving and acting on complaints (H&SC Act Regulation 16)
  • Good governance (H&SC Act Regulation 17)
  • Staffing (H&SC Act Regulation 18)
  • Fit and proper persons employed (H&SC Act Regulation 19)

A Participation Standard for the NHS in Scotland (2010)

  • Principle 1: Put patients’ interests first 
  • Principle 9: Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients’ confidence in you and the dental profession

The Quality Standards for Health and Social Care (2006) – (Northern Ireland)

  • Theme 2: Safe and Effective Care 
  • Theme 3: Accessible, Flexible and Responsive Services
  • Theme 4: Promoting, Protecting and Improving Health and Social Well-being

Health and Care Standards – Wales (2015)

  • Standard 4.1 Dignified Care 
  • Standard 6.1 Planning Care to Promote Independence
  • Standard 6.2 Peoples Rights
  • Standard 7.1 Workforce

General Dental Council – Standards for the Dental Team (2013)

  • Principle 1: Put patients’ interests first
  • Principle 9: Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients’ confidence in you and the dental profession

Proposed Refresher Period

It is recommended that equality and diversity refresher training for all staff groups should take place at a maximum of every 3 years. Where staff are changing roles and have more direct accountability for Human Resources, staff management and service delivery, they may need to undertake refresher and/or receive specific training ahead of any scheduled update. Wherever possible, such training should also coincide with a much broader review of the organisational approach to equality, diversity and human rights.

Refresher training will be indicated for all staff if there is a change in Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Legislation nationally or an organisation has amended its policy locally.

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