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Equality and human rights

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Our equality and human rights work means that we put individuals at the heart of health and social care services.

Meeting your needs and protecting your rights

Under law, all providers of health and social care must meet standards laid down by the Government. The way we monitor providers against these standards gives us a real opportunity to focus on equality and human rights.

When we inspect services, we make sure that providers consider your needs, such as your:

  • cultural background and the language you speak
  • sex
  • disability
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • religion or belief

We also make sure that your human rights are protected by checking that services treat you fairly, with respect and dignity. We also ensure that you are given choice and control over the care you receive.

We have developed our human rights approach to regulation to help us make sure that everyone using health and social care services receives safe and good-quality care. You can read about our human rights approach here.

Our equality objectives cover where we have a particular focus on equality issues when we regulate services and the way we perform as an employer.

Involving people in our work to promote equality and human rights

We involve people who use services in our equality and human rights work in a number of different ways, including through the SpeakOut Network and our public online community.

How are we doing?

Our reports

State of Care: reports on the health and care sector

Annual report: how we perform as an employer

We report each year on race equality across our organisation, using the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard.

Impact assessments

Our impact assessments look at the possible effects our policies and functions could have on equality and human rights.

Last updated:
10 February 2017