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.
Equality Outcome Planning
Please note that we are currently pulling together feedback from service users, staff, partners and members of the public to incorporate feedback into our new equality outcomes 2020-2024. Prior to COVID-19 we had planned a number of face to face focus groups which have subsequently been cancelled. It is essential that our equality outcomes reflect what is important to you now; during COVID-19 and Post Covid-19.
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 Stephanie Kirkham, Equalities and Fairer Scotland Lead, Stephanie.Kirkham@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or phone 0141 287 9810.
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.
- Glasgow City Integration Joint Board Equalities Mainstreaming Report 2020-2024
- Progress Report on Glasgow City IJB Equalities Mainstreaming and Outcome Plan 2018
- Progress Report on Glasgow City IJB Equalities Mainstreaming and Outcome Plan 2017
- Glasgow City IJB Primary Care Improvement Plan
- NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Mental Health Services Equalities Annual Report 2017 - 2018
- Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs)
Glasgow City Councils Equality information can be found: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/equality
NHSGGC Equality information can be found: https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/equalities-in-health/
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
If you require any of our reports in another format or language, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Stephanie Kirkham, Equalities and Fairer Scotland Lead, Stephanie.Kirkham@ggc.scot.nhs.uk