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Welcome to our Equality and Inclusion pages. In line with thepdf Equality Act 2010, we want to ensure that through our role and programmes, we support the wider health community to reduce health inequalities across the region.

To achieve this we have set ourselves clear aims and objectives, we will monitor our achievements against them.

Our commitment to equality and inclusion is stated in our pdfEquality Best Practice Guidance which has been endorsed by our Board, Managing Director and Executive team.              
Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, and believing that no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or whom they were born, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Equality recognises that historically, certain groups of people with particular characteristics e.g. race, disability, sex and sexuality, have experienced discrimination’

More information on understanding Equality can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.              
Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential.              
We are working to embed equalities across our core programmes and projects and carrying out an Equality Analysis of individual projects in order to give due regard to the needs of all groups, particularly those identified by law as protected groups.

In order to strengthen how we assess needs of all the protected groups we have set up a People’s Panel made up of people with lived experience of the protected characteristics. This panel will provide external scrutiny of our equality analysis programme.

If you would like to get involved with our People’s Panel or view any of our published Equality Analyses please click on the links above and/or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health inequalities can be defined as differences in health status or in the distribution of health determinants between different population groups. For example, differences in mobility between elderly people and younger populations or differences in mortality rates between people from different social classes.

Where differences are avoidable this is known as ‘Health Inequity’. One of the challenges facing the NHS is how to reduce health inequalities that are avoidable.

A starting point is to identify such differences. What do Health Inequalities look like in your area? Are such differences avoidable?

We have produced a series of infographics for each City/County of the East Midlands which begin to tell a story about complex differences in health outcomes for residents in your area.

Characteristics such as age, disability and race, are protected by law against unfair discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010. It is therefore important that health providers understand the health needs and outcomes of residents from the protected groups when shaping and delivering services.

If you would like to know more or discuss the data about health inequalities within your area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.– Equality and Inclusion Lead.

Click to view each infographic across the region: