Equality and diversity

As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality objectives are and how we're meeting them.

Our duties under the Equality Act 2010

When we’re making decisions, the Equality Act 2010 gives us a duty to take into account the need to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations between different parts of the community

This covers, age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and motherhood, race (including ethnic or national origin, colour and nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.

DH equality publications

We also have a duty to publish:

  • equality objectives (at least every 4 years)
  • reports showing how we’re meeting our equality responsibilities (at least once a year)

Department of Health equality objectives 2012 to 2016: progress update

Equality information and equality analysis 2014 - DH as an employer

Equality information 2014 – services and functions

DH equality objectives 2012 to 2016

Equality information and equality analysis 2013 – DH as an employer

Equality information and equality analysis 2012 – DH as an employer

DH equality analyses

Where it’s proportionate in the circumstances, we also publish equality analyses or impact assessments for specific policies. These documents show what we’ve done to consider how specific policies could affect people protected by the equality legislation.

We publish some equality analyses or impact assessments alongside our publications and some as separate documents.

Sources of health and care equality information

We use equality information, data and analysis from a wide range of sources to help us develop policy. These include:

DH equality contact

If you have a question, comment or suggestion about DH’s equality, human rights and inclusion work, contact aie@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

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