Equality Act 2010

As a public sector organisation, we are required to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded into all our functions and activities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.

The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and ensure equality of opportunity for all. We have general and specific responsibilities known as the ‘public sector equality duties’.

The general equality duty requires us to meet the three aims of the Act. These are:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Specific equality duties To assist public authorities in meeting the three aims of the general duty, specific duties were introduced. Meeting the specific duties provides the public with the information they need to challenge and hold us to account for our performance on equality. The specific duties require us to:

  • Publish annual equality information to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty
  • Prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable objective that we think we need to achieve to further any of the aims of the general equality duty

Full details of the public sector equality duty are available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.