Scottish Health Council - making sure your voice counts
Participation will only be meaningful and effective if the NHS
in Scotland recognises the diversity of Scotland's people and
supports and encourages all sections of society to get involved,
whether as active partners in their own care or by engagement in
wider discussions about services. Yet there is a long way to go to
ensure that this happens consistently across the country.
shows that there are health inequalities in Scotland and that there
are still significant
gaps in the groups that are involved by the NHS. If these gaps
are not addressed, it is likely that the inequalities that exist
will continue and become more entrenched.
We support NHS Scotland's aim to eliminate discrimination and
promote equality of opportunity for everyone, particularly people
from the following groups:
We have an important role to play in promoting equality and
eliminating unlawful discrimination in the NHS with regard to
participation. Our role and our relationships with stakeholders
mean we are well placed to make a valuable and positive impact in
all that we do. This applies across all of our core functions:
Community Engagement and Improvement
SupportThrough our work with Boards and our
relationships with diverse local community groups and networks, we
support Boards to improve their approaches to involving people and
promote a more inclusive approach. This includes supporting the
development of Public Partnership Forums
that are able to engage with and represent sections of local
communities that might otherwise be excluded.
Participation Review - Service Change
Our service change team promotes an inclusive approach to involving
people in service change, working with Boards to ensure that they
are meeting the equalities expectations which are outlined in
Participation Review - Participation
An Equality Impact Assessment of the Standard has confirmed that it
has the potential to have a positive impact on all equality groups
and has been designed to promote equal opportunities and eliminate
unfair discrimination. We reinforce this message in all of the work
that we do to support the implementation of the Standard and other
We promote key messages about the importance of an inclusive
approach to participation through all of the Network's activities:
sharing good practice through our web resources, events and
publications; producing guidance and standards; and influencing
policy development. The Network also carries out targeted work on
specific equality strands, such as involving young people.
We have identified a range of resources which can help to promote better
practice in equality and diversity.
We are committed to promoting a positive approach to equalities,
both as an employer and through our work with volunteers.
We are accountable through Healthcare
Improvement Scotland for compliance with equalities legislative
requirements. We work with staff across the organisation to ensure
a robust and consistent approach and to share skills and
We also carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) of
policies and services we develop, in order to identify their
potential impact on our staff and stakeholders. This helps us
ensure that the services we provide promote equality for all and do
not discriminate certain groups.