As a public authority we have legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality with due regard to the protected characteristics of:
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity,
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The Equality Act 2010 creates a new general duty on the NHS, when carrying out their functions to have due regard to:
- The need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- The need to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
- The need to foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not
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.
Equality Standard Road Map 2015/18 here
Equality standard guidance here
Page last updated: September 2016