Equality is not about treating everyone the same, but recognising that everyone is different and has different needs. In a health context treating everyone the same does not lead to equal health outcomes; everyone should have equal health chances, for example in access to health services.
Equality Impact Assessment offers an opportunity for our staff to think carefully about their work both in terms of service delivery and the impact this has on patients and in employment and the impact policy change has on staff.
On 5 April 2011, the Equality Act 2010 introduced a new public sector ‘general equality duty’ which became law in Scotland. The new duty replaces the three previous duties relating to race, disability and gender equality.
The general duty requires Scottish public authorities to pay due regard to the need to;
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, victimisation and harassment
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations
These requirements apply across ‘protected characteristics’ of age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity,race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
To reflect these changes our Equality Impact Assessment Guidance is being reviewed and revised.
Visitors to our website can see how we are reviewing our policies, functions and services to identify any negative impact on particular groups. Where this is identified it can be seen how we go about removing such impact.
Completed Equality Impact Assessments
These are the equality impact assessments the Scottish Ambulance Service has completed recently. Should you require any further details in connection with this then please contact :
Scottish Ambulance Service
1 South Gyle Crescent
Tel: 0131 314 0000
Equality Impact assessment – in progress
- Paramedic Specialist Service – Air Ambulance