The Equality Act 2010 and Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 hold public bodies accountable for advancing equality and protecting people with protected characteristics rights within Scottish society. Integration Joint Boards, the local governing bodies that have devolved responsibility for the planning and monitoring of community health and social care services in their area of Scotland, were added to the public bodies listed in the Equality Act (general and specific duties) in June 2015.
Glasgow Integration Joint Board has a legal obligation to pay due regard to meet the need to;
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
These three elements are referred to as the three ‘needs’ of the general equality duty.
The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance opportunity for all. There are 9 protected characteristics which makes it against the law to discriminate against someone because of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The Fairer Scotland Duty requires Integration Joint Boards to actively consider (pay due regard) how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 lists specific duties which apply to Glasgow City Integration Joint Board. Firstly, produce and publish equalities mainstreaming report and secondly, publish equality outcomes and progress report.
Our Equality Outcomes for 2020 – 2024 have been approved by IJB members. The Outcomes outline how the HSCP will meet its obligations under the Public Sector Equality and Fairer Scotland duties.
Equality Mainstreaming and Progress Reporting
We regularly report on how we are mainstreaming equality and progressing towards meeting our outcomes. The most recent report was approved by IJB members in April 2022.
You can also read our previous progress reports:
- Glasgow City HSCP Equality Outcome Progress and Mainstreaming Report 2020
- Glasgow City HSCP Equality Outcome Progress and Mainstreaming Report 2018
- Glasgow City HSCP Equality Outcome Progress and Mainstreaming Report 2017
Talent Inclusion and Diversity Evaluation
In 2021, the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership took part in the enei Talent Inclusion and Diversity Evaluation. The TIDE mark allows organisations to measure progress in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practice both year on year and in comparison, with their peers. The overall score for the HSCP is 65% which means the organisation is working at Embed level achieving the Bronze Standard Award.
Equality Impact Assessments
There is also requirement for the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and Integration Joint Board to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) for any major policy or service changes or developments.
BSL (British Sign Language) Action Plans
The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and the British Sign Language National Plan requires public bodies in Scotland to publish local action plans for 2018 and on a six yearly basis thereafter, showing how they will promote and support British Sign Language (BSL).
Below are the action Plans for:
Glasgow City Council's BSL Action Plan
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's BSL Action Plan
Equalities in the Workforce
Some aspects of the equality duties continue to be reported through the two employing organisations that make up Glasgow City HSCP. Further information on employee diversity information, equal pay statements and equality outcomes can be found on the Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde websites.
Glasgow City Council
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Glasgow City IJB Primary Care Improvement Plan
- NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Mental Health Services Equalities Annual Report 2017 - 2018
If you would like to know more about what the Partnership is doing in respect of equalities or would like to provide feedback on what matters to you, please contact Afton Hill, Equalities and Fairer Scotland Lead at email@example.com.