Equality Inclusion and Human Rights

The Equality Act 2010 is the primary piece of legislation relating to; equality, diversity and inclusion. It brings together several existing equality laws into one place so that it is easier to use. It sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful.

It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Consideration is also given to communities or seldom heard groups who don’t always access NHS services. This could include homeless people, Asylum Seekers or communities within areas of deprivation. Health inequalities don’t always reside in areas of deprivation for example rural areas, where for example isolation can be linked to mental illness.

The 2010 Equality Act, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is set out in section 149 of the Act. In summary, those who are subject to the (PSED) must give due consideration to its 3 key aims:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  3. Foster good relations between different groups

The Equality Acts Public Sector Equality Duty contains specific duties. Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG’s are organisations that are subject to these duties and must:

  • Publish at least every 4 years Equality Objectives
  • At least annually report on how the organisation is meeting its PSED and its’s Equality Objectives.

You can view and download the appropriate Equality and PSED documents in the links below. They are also available to access in the Publications folder.

 

Other Key Equality Legislation

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. The Human Rights Act came into force in the UK in October 2000. You can click here to find out more information on the Human Rights Act.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 was enacted to put clinicians at the centre of commissioning, freed up providers to innovate, empowers patients and gives a new focus to public health.

 

Stoke-on-Trent Health, Equality and Population Profile

Stoke-on-Trent LocalityThe importance of health and demographic data is in its contribution in helping the CCG to better understand the diversity of communities and health specific health needs. Demographic data refers to data that is usually socio-economic in nature such as population size, race, sex, age, income, education and employment, and which represents certain geographic locations. A wide variety of social and health outcomes can be impacted by the level or lack of health and demographic information.

The Equality and Health Inequalities RightCare Pack considers measures of health inequality and aims to support CCGs and health systems to identify areas of improvement in promoting equality and reducing health inequalities. Previously such analysis has not been available at CCG level NHS Stoke on Trent CCG

Other Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG Equality and Health Inequalities RightCare Packs:

You can view and download our Accessibility and Communications Statement 2019/20 by clicking here or through the Equality Inclusion and Human Rights drop down menu on the left of your screen.