EMASHN will ensure the core principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are reflected in our work.

We have developed an approach that demonstrates the ways in which we are meeting the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty and have developed Equality Best Practice Guidance. In 2016-17 we intend to self-assess against the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 and have appointed a dedicated Equality and Inclusion post to lead the following areas:

  • Continue to conduct equality impact analysis on each of our programmes including opportunities to deliver the NHS Accessible Information Standards
  • Set and undertake measurable objectives and activities to address any potential differential impact for those with protected characteristics (there are 9 characteristics included in the Equality Act 2010 - age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation)
  • Design all programmes and services so that service users and carers are treated fairly with dignity and respect regardless of their protected characteristic
  • Actively engage and involve service users and carers with our work and consult them about any revisions to the Equality Best Practice and Accessible Information Standards Guidance documents
  • Be proactive in engagement with our diverse communities and ensure that the Accessible Information Standard in relation to British Sign Language (audio and easy read) and interpreters and translation are met