Analysing the equality impact of our policies, decisions, strategies and services helps us to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty, ensuring the needs of protected or disadvantaged groups and communities are understood and addressed appropriately. We are required to demonstrate that we have had due regard for the general equality duty.
How do we demonstrate due regard?
MHCC is committed to ensuring that it demonstrates due regard to the general duty when making decisions about policies and services. We have embedded the requirement to undertake an Equality Analysis into our decision making processes. This ensures that we continually work to understand and respond to the diversity of patient experience in health access, care and outcomes, and to recognise and value the importance of using equality analysis to address health inequalities. All Board and Committee reports require the author to consider how their report relates to equalities in general and to ensure that due regard is given to the general equality duty.
Other groups MHCC considers in its Equality Analysis
When analysing the impact of our policies and strategies, we do not limit the exploration of barriers and experiences to purely the widely recognised 9 protected characteristics. There are other socially excluded groups, for example – homeless people, gypsies and travellers, sex workers and migrant groups who often need support and help to navigate the health system effectively and who may access healthcare in ways which do not necessarily meet their particular needs.