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Equality and Diversity

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  1. Equality and Diversity

As a public authority we have legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality with due regard to the protected characteristics of:

The Equality Act 2010 creates a new general duty on the NHS, when carrying out their functions to have due regard to:

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection from “prohibited conduct” for groups of people with protected characteristics. Examples of prohibited conduct includes, direct discrimination (including combination discrimination), indirect discrimination, discrimination by association, discrimination by perception, harassment and victimisation.

We have adopted the national Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and developed an Equality Standard to help us respond positively to our legal, regulatory and commissioner requirements.

Please see the Equality Delivery System (EDS2)Strategy:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/eds-nov131.pdf

2. What is equality analysis?

Under the general equality duty, we are required to analyse the effect of existing and new policies and practices in relation to equality. This can include the use of equality impact assessments.

Public authorities are responsible for making a wide range of decisions, from the contents of overarching policies and budget setting to day-to-day decisions which affect specific individuals.

Equality analysis is a way of considering the effect on different groups protected from discrimination by the Equality Act, such as people of different ages. There are two reasons for this:

It involves using equality information, and the results of engagement with protected groups and others, to understand the actual effect or the potential effect of your functions, policies or decisions. It can help you to identify practical steps to tackle any negative effects or discrimination, to advance equality and to foster good relations.

Full and comprehensive guidance on equality analysis can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website

What is an equality impact assessment?

Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) are one tool for examining the main functions and policies of an organisation to see whether they have the potential to affect people differently. Their purpose is to identify and address existing or potential inequalities, resulting from policy and practice development. Ideally, EqIAs should cover all the strands of diversity and will help trusts get a better understanding of its functions and the way decisions are made, by: