Human Rights and Equality reporting
Each year public bodies like St George’s that are subject to section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 are required to publish equality information in relation to its functions, both as a healthcare provider and an employer. Every four years, public bodies subject to these duties are also required to publish at least one equality objective.
This annual overview of equality information, known as the Public Section Equality Duty (PSED), requires public bodies to demonstrate how, in the exercise of its functions, it has due regard for the general duties below:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Along with other local data, the PSED uses information from standalone workforce equality reports such as Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) and Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) to demonstrate compliance with the general duties above. It also includes the Gender Pay Gap data and can include our Equality Delivery System (EDS) report.
In relation to Patient Equalities, public bodies are asked to spotlight services that help to demonstrate compliance with both the general and specific duties of the PSED. It may also incorporate standalone health equality reports such as Accessible Information Standard (AIS), EDS, and information from their Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Public Sector Equality Duty Report 21/22 update
Due to the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on public bodies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recognised that NHS organisations were under significant pressure and that it will take time for organisations to recover and to return to business as usual.
St George’s are not in a position to publish the full PSED report for 2021/22 at this time. We have, however, published and met our duties in relation to Workforce reporting for this period, these reports can be found via the links below;
The Trust will publish its full PSED report by July 2022.
If you have any questions in relation to our PSED Report or more generally in regards to Diversity and Inclusion at the Trust please email Diversity.Inclusion@Stgeorges.nhs.uk
Links to previous reports