We are committed to ensuring that everyone should have equal access to health and social care services and that our staff should be provided with the support they need to carry out their duties.
We recognise that good health is not evenly distributed across our communities and that health is affected by a range of factors, including social issues, prejudice and discrimination. We will do all we can to address these wider issues that cause inequalities in health.
The Equality Act 2010 strengthens, harmonises and streamlines previous equalities legislation in relation to age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
In our role as a service planner and provider, we must pay due regard to the need to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
- advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- foster good relations between different groups.
As a result of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties)(Scotland) Amendment Regulations, our Integrated Joint Board is required to:
- develop and report on a set of equality outcomes
- report on how we are mainstreaming equality into our day-to-day business
Click the following link for Equality Impact Assessments