Equality and Diversity
‘Equality’ and ‘Diversity’ means people should all get the right services, whoever they are. It’s not about special treatment; it’s about the right support for everyone, in the right place, at the right time.
Health and social care services should treat you fairly, with respect and deliver services in a way that understands and supports your needs.
The following report outlines the work undertaken by the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Partnership to review and develop a set of Equality and Diversity Joint Outcomes for the period of 2017-2021 in line with the legal responsibilities for the Equality Act 2010.
These outcomes have been developed jointly with Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Third and Independent Sectors partners through a regional public engagement programme that provided a real time snapshot of the issues facing the diverse population of Dumfries and Galloway.
Four new outcomes with associated actions have been presented as the key focus of work for the next four years across all services that deliver health and social care. This will enable services to embed and mainstream Equality and Diversity into the daily functions as well as dovetail into the work undertaken by the wider mainstreaming agenda.
Appendix 1 NHS Mainstreaming Report 2017
Appendix 2 The Facts of What Matters
The New Integrated Joint Board (IJB) which is made up of partners from community, social work, the NHS and third sector partners are introducing new models of care that aim to enhance the experiences of people receiving care in hospital, at home or in a homely setting.
The strategic plan and local delivery plans which can be found here: http://www.dg-change.org.uk/our-vision-and-plan outline the new models of care and innovation that will be required for the IJB to meet your needs in the future.
One way of ensuring the IJB are making progress and improving people’s lives is called Equality Monitoring. It helps to identify what is changing in the make up of our population, (such as age, gender identity, religion), where in the region more services are needed, what type of services, and how those services are performing.
But this cannot happen without feedback from the people the IJB are trying to help.
The following information is to help people understand why current IJB consultations are asking more in depth Equality Monitoring Questions and to inform you what happens to the information.
Four new key equality and diversity outcomes with associated actions have been approved as the key focus of work for the next four years. This will happen in partnership with locality service delivery teams using an annual staged approach to each outcome. The measures of success have been aligned to the current nine national health and well-being outcomes and locally agreed strategic governance measures and indicators.
This will enable services to embed these outcomes into their daily functions as well as dovetail into the work undertaken by the wider Equality and Diversity Mainstreaming agenda. The associated documents will be available in the near future.
Equality Monitoring Explained
All your information is treated confidentially. Your answers help the IJB understand the changes in the population so that services can be better developed for you.
Your information is kept confidential. All information undergoes what is called a disclosure control procedure so that individuals cannot be identified through any of the information reported on through the results of a survey.
Equality Monitoring questions are answered in the FAQ here.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act became law in 2010 and replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It simplified the law into a single source and ensures that everyone who is protected under law from discrimination, harassment or victimisation is afforded the same level of protection.
Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board as a public body is required to ensure that equality and diversity is embedded into all of its functions and activities in line with the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new public sector equality duty (also known as the general duty). The public sector equality duty requires public authorities to pay ‘due regard’ to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, victimisation, harassment or other unlawful conduct that is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
These requirements apply across the ‘protected characteristics’ of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Only the first requirement to eliminate discrimination applies to the protected characteristic of marriage and civil partnership.
The public sector equality duty is supported by the Equality Act (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations came into force in May 2012. The Specific Duties placed upon public bodies, including the Integration Joint Board are as follows:
- Duty to report on main streaming the equality duty
- Duty to publish equality outcomes and report progress
- Duty to assess and review policies and practices
- Duty to gather and use employee information
- Duty to publish gender pay gap information
- Duty to publish statements on equal pay
- Duty to consider award criteria and conditions in relation to public procurement
- Duty to publish in a manner that is accessible
- Duty to consider other matters
- Duty of the Scottish Ministers to publish proposals to enable better performance
You will find the first Equality Mainstreaming Report for the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board here.
This report is intended to inform people who use services, carers, visitors, staff and partner organisations on how the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board will carry out its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. It details the Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board equality outcomes, existing mainstreaming activity and provide examples of how equality will be mainstreamed across the region for 2016-17.