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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17408: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how the NHS ensures that its staff are given adequate equality training, and how it measures the effectiveness of this.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 July 2018

NHS Scotland’s national Partnership Information Network (PIN) policy: “Embracing Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in NHSScotland, accessible at: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0044/00441232.pdf explicitly requires that all staff are provided with equality training and outlines a number of the common and core principles that should inform the content of that training. The PIN policy further includes specific guidance on monitoring the impact of local activity against health boards' legislative responsibilities flowing from the Public Sector Equality Duty.

To ensure that local equality training is relevant and effective, health board human resources and equality leads are required to develop and deliver training in partnership with professional organisation representatives, trade unions and staff. Boards are also able to consult with the professional organisations with which we retain national membership arrangements, including Stonewall Scotland and the Business Disability Forum.