The public sector Equality Duty, part of the Equality Act 2010, is made up of a general duty‟ which is the overarching requirement and the specific duties‟ which are intended to help performance of the general duty. The general duty has three aims and it applies to most public authorities, including the NHS Commissioning Board and all NHS Trusts (and bodies exercising public functions such as private healthcare providers), who must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The specific duties of the public sector Equality Duty
Under the specific duties of the public sector Equality Duty, All NHS Trusts are required to publish in a manner that is accessible to the public:
1. Information to demonstrate its compliance with the public sector Equality Duty at least annually,
This information must include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic who are:
- its employees – (public authorities with fewer than 150 employees are exempt)
- people affected by its policies and practices.
Version 0.04 (March 2013)
2. Equality objectives at least every four years. All such objectives must be specific and measurable. The Trust's Equality Objectives are published as part of the Dignity and Respect annual report.