- By Graeme Brown
- Feb 08, 2018
Regardless of an individual’s circumstances, their culture or their beliefs, they have the right to the care and support they need. Therefore, it is the duty of those working within the health and social care sector to promote equality and diversity so that the service delivered is personalised, fair, and diverse. So, why is this issue so important in the health and social care sector and how can those working in this sector promote equality and diversity?
The Importance of Equality and Diversity
There are many factors that contribute to providing a high-level of care and promoting equality and diversity is a vital component. Without equality and diversity in the health and care sector, basic standards of service are not being met. For individuals to receive fair treatment is not a bonus, it is a necessity. This will only happen if good practices are followed these values are promoted in the workplace.
Implementing the Common Core Strategic Principles
Care providers should have care and support packages in place that promote equality and diversity and are tailored to the needs of the individual. To do this, it is advisable for them to implement the Common Core Strategic Principles. These provide an outline to delivering consistent care provision while ensuring that equality and diversity are at the forefront of decisions regarding care. The main principles covered include:
· Commitment to equality, diversity and human rights
· Commitment to equal access and open standards
· Promoting equality, diversity and human rights in decision-making
· Advancement of equality, diversity and human rights
· Monitoring equality, diversity and human rights
Understanding the Law
Having a clear understanding of the law is also important for you to promote equality and diversity in a care setting. Some of the most important documents for you to access the relevant information include:
· The Human Rights Act 1998
· The Mental Capacity Act 2005
· The Equality Act 2010
· The Care Act 2014
Developing Equality and Diversity Policies
One of the best ways to ensure that equality and diversity are promoted in the workplace is to put policies in place. You should use the Common Core Strategic Principles and the relevant legal guidelines when you are developing these for your place of work. It is also a good idea to consult with service users to find out what their expectations are in terms of diversity and equality.
Appropriate Equality and Diversity Training
It is essential that those who are working in health and social care settings have appropriate training with regards to equality and diversity. If you are a manager or owner of a business in this industry, it is your responsibility to ensure that staff can access the courses they need to gain the appropriate knowledge and understanding of this topic. We have a range of e-learning courses available that cover this subject. This topic is also covered in our NVQ courses that relate to working in the care sector.
To learn more about the courses we offer that cover important equality and diversity topics, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at createcare.co.uk.