On this page you will find the action plan for the NHS Lothian Equality & Human Rights Scheme. Note that while the Scheme is still out for consultation the action plan is draft only and may change.
Outcomes not processes
An outcome is an end result, for example having staff who are all aware of equality and Human Rights issues and who can treat all people with dignity and respect. A process is how to get there, for example a training plan or revising the contents of the training course.
We have tried to focus the actions in this plan on outcomes as much as possible. Sometimes it is difficult to measure outcomes, but during the life of this Equality & Human Rights Scheme we will develop ways of doing this.
What is in the plan
This plan is based on the ten Capabilities or “rights” in the UK Equalities Measurement Framework. In many cases NHS Lothian needs to make improvements to the way it provides its services, and the way it employs people, to ensure that everyone can achieve these rights. These are shown in the form of actions that NHS Lothian must take.
We have tried to make sure that the actions recognise the fact that people do not just have one characteristic, such as a gender or an ethnicity. People are individual with many different characteristics that define them. As a result we have written the actions in a way that puts people at the centre of what we do.
You will see references to NHS Lothian strategies and policies in this action plan. For more information about these, contact us or follow the appropriate link.
You will also see references to involvement events in this action plan. We have included these so that it is possible to see how we have taken account of comments from people who have helped to develop the Scheme. Not every action has a link to involvement, because some of them are actions that we have identified ourselves. Some of the involvement work took place to develop the Disability Equality Scheme published in December 2009. We have included this because the findings are recent and because they are still very relevant to this Equality & Human Rights Scheme.
The full action plan can be seen here:
Microsoft Word version
Microsoft Word version - Large Print
Other formats and languages
You can also contact us for a paper copy of the action plan or any other format or language. Write to:
NHS Lothian, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo PLace, Edinburgh EG1 3EQ
Telephone 0131 465 5400