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Equality Matters in Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership

Dundee Integration Joint Board (DIJB) and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership (DHSCP) contribute to making Dundee a fairer place to live.  Here is the latest Equality Mainstreaming and outcomes report 2023

We work towards improving outcomes for people living in Dundee. We do this along with NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council who support us on matters of Equality, Fairness, Health Inequalities and Human Rights. You can find information on Partners' websites about equality work in their organisations. 

Equality and Diversity | Dundee City Council


This part of the DHSCP website is designed to help you learn more about Equality Matters in DIJB. You should find the information on these pages useful and easy to access. We are aware that not everyone finds it easy to find information on- line; get in touch if there is anything more that can be done to make the information here more accessible for you. When needed, information on our website can be shared with you in other formats including arranging for documents to be printed or translated. Where appropriate, it is possible to speak with you about the information you want either by telephone, or in person. You should can get in touch by using the information here Let us know if you need a BSL or Language Interpreter to support any discussions.

In 2016 Dundee Integration Joint Board became a ‘Public Body’ with duties under the Equality Act 2010. 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 Act 2010 places 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 identifies a range of people who are protected under equality legislation; these people have ‘Protected Characteristics’:

The Protected Characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Pregnancy/Maternity
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion/Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

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

The IJB Equality Mainstreaming Progress Report (2016-2018) was approved in March 2018. The report sets out the progress made in mainstreaming the equality duty and the progress made in achieving equality outcomes. You can find this Progress Report here

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

A further two-year Equality Progress Report was published in 2021, it gives information about how Dundee IJB delivered the equality duty and achieved 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 previous two years, as well as identifying priorities for further progress and improvement for 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.

 Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership have an Equality and Human Rights Workforce Learning Network for DHSCP colleagues from Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside, Independent and Third Sector who across the Partnership. The group formed in 2022 and aim to increase learning on equality and Human rights matters.

Anyone who wants more information or who wants to join the group should get in touch with Joyce.Barclay@dundeecity.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment Update 2022

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 a review is being undertaken to consider if 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

You can request  printed copies or links to any of the documents referred to  on this page, including the IJB reports that each IIA relates to.

Email  joyce.barclay@dundeecity.gov.uk or phone Joyce Barclay on 01382 433947. You may need to leave a voice message.


Integrated Impact Assessment (IA)

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

In 2016 it was agreed the reports to the IJB would utilise the Dundee City Council Recording tool to record potential impacts, including Equality Impact Assessment information. This tool provided a way to record assessment of proposals/ reports for the following potential impacts prior to submission to the IJB and included impact assessment information for Equality & Diversity; Fairness & Poverty; Environment and Corporate Risk.

Integrated Impact Assessments for 2016-2022 were published with IJB Agenda papers, one week prior to the public IJB meetings; this enables stakeholder and interested persons to read and consider impact assessments prior to the IJB meeting. IIA will continue to be published as part of the agenda papers in addition to publication on this page.

Not all IJB reports require an IIA; for example a report that informs the IJB rather than a plan that requires the  agreement of IJB to proceed. All IJB Reports are subject to a check that establishes if an IIA is required. This check is recorded on a Pre-Screening Tool, a copy of the IIA pre-screening tool for IJB reports which do not need an IIA can be requested. 

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. An equality impact assessment is a systematic and evidence-based tool, which enables consideration of the likely impact of work on different groups of people.

It has been agreed to publish relevant IIA from April 2022 onwards on this web page, in addition to the Impact Assessment information accompanying IJB Agenda papers.