As a partnership, we are firmly committed to removing the barriers that stop people being able to access health and care services. These can include the distance they have to travel, the language we use, education and work opportunities, and cultural and social barriers. We will aim to remove these barriers, not just because we have to by law, but because it is the right thing to do.
Our commitment to the Public Sector Equality Duty
In 2010, the introduction of the Equality Act represented a step towards a more consistent, integrated approach to promoting equality and tackling discrimination. The Act replaced an abundance of legislation, statutory instruments and guidance, helping to simplify equality law.
A primary feature of the Equality Act was the introduction of a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which placed legal duties on public sector bodies (and others carrying out public functions), specifying that any changes to service design or delivery must be carried out with ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Equality Act.
These aims are:
The duty is designed to ‘protect’ individuals who share certain types of characteristics. We consider the equality duty and its aims in everything we do.
To find out more information about each characteristic in Cheshire and Merseyside, click on the coloured boxes to bring up more details.
It is our aim to understand any differential impacts for trans people as we know that there can be significant impacts on their treatment and care when using our services.
The pre, post and neonatal services available across the Partnership are designed to take into account the needs of women who are pregnant, new mothers (with babies under six months old) or those who are breastfeeding.
Across the Partnership, assessing whether our services impact disproportionately on individuals and families because of their religion or faith, belief or lack of belief is really important to us.