All public bodies, which includes NHS Integrated Care Boards, have a general equality duty, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
Having due regard for advancing equality involves:
The nine protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Public authorities also need to consider the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination against someone because of their marriage or civil partnership status.
Compliance with the general equality duty is a legal obligation, but it also makes good business sense. An organisation that can provide services to meet the diverse needs of its people and communities will carry out its core business more efficiently and effectively. A workforce that has a supportive working environment is more productive and result in better informed decision-making and service planning.
SEL ICB is required to publish relevant information to show how it meets the specific duties for public sector organisations set out in the Equality Act 2010. To fulfil our specific duties, the ICB has published its first Public Sector Equality Duty 2022/23 report which can be found below.