Equality impact assessments in the NHS – a guide for employers


15 / 02 / 2009

Under the Race Relations Act (2000), Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and Equality Act (2006), all public sector organisations need to undertake race, disability and gender impact assessments on new and existing policies and procedures. The assessments should be done when an organisation is planning to change or introduce new services.

The Government is committed to extending this duty to sexual orientation, religion or belief and age – probabaly by 2010. In line with this, organisations should consider all the diversity strands as part of their Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA), to ensure compliance as soon as the changes are introduced.

This Briefing will help employers carry out EqIAs. In addition to meeting their legal obligations, the assessments help trusts to deliver their business objectives and achieve equal outcomes for staff, the local community and service users. More importantly, in line with good practice, they help organisations identify and prevent potential diversity issues through a more proactive approach.

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