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Equality Matters in Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership

Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and Dundee Integration Joint Board (DIJB) want to help make Dundee a fairer place to live and improve outcomes for people living in Dundee. DHSCP work alongside partners in NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council on matters of Equality, Fairness, Health Inequalities and Human Rights.

We have set up this part of our website to help you learn more about Equality Matters in DIJB.

We hope that you will find the information on these pages of our website useful and easy to access. We are aware that not everyone finds it easy to find information on line.

Please let us know if there is anything more we can do to make the information on this website more accessible for you. We can arrange to share information with you in other formats including arranging for documents to be translated when this is needed.

Where appropriate we can speak with you by telephone or in person about the information you want. If you need an interpreter to do this please let us know by using the information here. https://www.dundeehscp.com/contact-us

 

The Equality Act 2010 placed a general equality duty on public authorities to pay due regard to the need to:

•         Eliminate discrimination;

•         Advance equality; and

•         Foster good relations across the range of protected characteristics.

 

The general equality duty detailed a range of people protected under equality legislation to include the following protected characteristics:

The Protected Characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Pregnancy/Maternity
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion/Belief
  • Sex (Male/Female)
  • Sexual Orientation

 

The equality duty also covers marriage and civil partnerships, with regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment

 

When Dundee Integration Joint Board was established in 2016 it became as a listed Public Body. The IJB produced and published its first equality outcomes and mainstreaming equalities framework in 2016, which you can find here:

www.dundeehscp.com/publications/equality-outcomes-and-mainstreaming-equalities-framework

 

The Equality Mainstreaming Progress Report 2016-2018 was approved at an IJB  meeting in March 2018 and published following this.

The report sets out the progress made in mainstreaming the equality duty and the progress made in achieving equality outcomes. You can find the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Equality Mainstreaming Progress Report

here

 

In 2019 the IJB agreed refreshed Equality Outcomes and produced a mainstreaming framework which can be found here:

www.dundeehscp.com/publications/equality-outcomes-and-mainstreaming-fra…

 

In April 2021 Dundee IJB Mainstreaming Equality Progress Report .was produced This report is the two-year Equality Progress Report which gives information about how Dundee Integration Joint Board (IJB) are mainstream the equality duty and achieving the equality outcomes that were set in 2019. The report provides an overview of some of the positive progress that has been made over the last two years, as well as identifying priorities for further progress and improvement in 2021/22.

You can find the report here

 

April 2022

 

After hearing from Stakeholders, members of the Public and Carers, the Integration Joint Board agreed  to extend the 2019-2022 Strategic and Commissioning Plan for a further one-year period to cover April 2022 to March 2023. In order to support widespread consultation and involvement and to align  equality outcomes with the Strategic and Commissioning Plan the IJB also agreed to extend the Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Framework for a further one-year period.

 

Integrated Impact Assessment

Impact assessment (IA) is a structured a process that supports consideration of  the potential implications, for people and their environment, of proposed actions. The assessment should be completed  while there is still an opportunity to consider and to  modify or the proposals.

Dundee City  Council has developed a way to record assessment of proposals/reports for the following potential impacts prior to submission to council Committees:

•         Equality & Diversity

•         Fairness & Poverty

•         Environment

•         Corporate Risk

It was agreed in 2016 the reports to the IJB would utilise the Dundee City Council Recording tool to record potential impacts.

The Dundee City Council Recording Tool  brings together policy implications into one record which supports the IJB  to:

  • Demonstrate that report authors have considered all likely impacts of their report and provided details on any required mitigation action to overcome negative impacts
  • Enhance consideration of legal requirements prior to the report being submitted to the IJB and raise awareness of these issues.
  • Enable IJB Members to review and interrogate the implications of proposals prior to Committee.
  • Allow stakeholders and interested persons to read impact assessments alongside reports to IJB, prior to IJB, and to consider making representation as a result of being more informed about decision making.

Relevant Integrated Impact assessments are published with IJB Agendas one week prior to the public IJB meetings.

 

Equality Impact Assessments

An equality impact assessment is an evidence-based approach designed to help organisations ensure that their policies, practices, events and decision-making processes are fair. This  is applied at all levels of decision-making, from policies to specific projects. Completion of equality impact assessments is a legal requirement under equality legislation.

Equality impact assessments support the IJB to ensure that policies, services and legislation do not discriminate against anyone and that, where possible, equality of opportunity is promoted .

As with all relevant Public Authorities, under the specific duties in the Equality Act, the IJB are obliged to collect and publish information to demonstrate compliance with the General Equality Duty. The equality impact assessment is a systematic and evidence-based tool, which enables consideration of  the likely impact of work on different groups of people.

The Integrated Impact Assessment Records for relevant IJB reports usually accompany the report in order inform interested parties prior to the IJB Meeting.

It has been agreed to publish relevant IIA from April 2022 onwards separately on this web page.

Integrated Impact Assessment from April 2022

Reshaping Non-Acute Care IIA

DHSCP Strategic and Commissioning Plan Extension 2022/23 IIA

Learning Disability Strategic Plan IIA 

 

Equality Impact Assessment Update

Over the past few months the Health and Social Care Partnership have worked together with the Council regarding introduction of a revised process for Integrated Impact Assessments. Until August 2022 Equality Impact Assessments for Dundee IJB reports were recorded in a manner based on Dundee City Council reports. Presently we are reviewing whether this revised process will suit the needs of the IJB. The IJB has recently agreed an improvement plan regarding Integrated Impact Assessments detailed in the following report.  IJB Public Sector Equality Duty