A focus on tackling inequality is at the core of how we deliver local health and social care services. We are obliged through Equalities Legislation to ensure we routinely examine our services and other business to ensure that what we do does not adversely affect or discriminate against anyone who uses or may use our services. The new Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent on 8th April 2010, and came into effect on 1 October 2010, bringing together and strengthening the previous equalities legislation. The Act gives the UK a single Act of Parliament, requiring equal treatment in access to employment and provision of public services, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, maternity or pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Inverclyde CHCP currently reports to both NHS GGC Equalities Scheme and Inverclyde Council’s Corporate Equalities Group with Equalities Impact Assessments regularly carried out on any new policies, strategies and existing and redesigned services.