This page gives details of useful documents and guidance to help support NHS organisations to implement the Equality Act at a local level.
This Briefing ‘The Equality Act 2010: employment implications for the NHS’ produced October 2010 includes:
- background information on the Act and what it means
- explanation of the concepts and definitions used in the Equality Act
- timetable for implementation
- information on the nine protected characteristics and the public sector Equality Duty
- top tips for implementation
Pre-employment health questionnaires
NHS Employers has put together guidance for trusts on the implementation of Section 60 of the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October 2010. This made asking questions about the health status of an individual applying for a post illegal until after they have been made a conditional offer of a post. Read the guidance.
Other guidance and information
The Government Equalities Office website includes useful information about the Act. Its web page 'Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know?' contains quick start guides to help people understand the key measures.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website includes guidance and good practice to help you understand and use Equality Act law. There is guidance for employers, workers, service users and service providers.
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has produced specific information on the issues facing women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website also contains the Codes of Practice for Equal pay, Services, Public Functions and Association and Employment.
The ACAS website includes a quick start guide for employers on the Equality Act.
The Care Quality Commission’s website includes guidance about compliance ‘Essential standards of quality and safety’
The Business Link’s website includes useful information on the Equality Act
The Equality Act text is available from the Office of Public Sector Information’s (OPSI) website