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)

DH workforce equality information: 2016

DH public sector equality duty compliance: 2015

DH workforce equality information: 2015

DH compliance with its equality duty: 2014

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