Equality impact assessments and guidance

Health inequality and race inequality are closely related, with key facts indicating disproportionately poor health outcomes among many BME communities. 

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination on grounds of race and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups. This is reinforced in the Equality Act 2010.

Equality Impact Assessments

As it reports in its Equality impact assessment: summary tool and guidance for policy makers, the Department of Health (DH) requires equality impact assessments (EqIA) ‘to ensure public bodies comply with race equality requirements and to narrow the health inequalities that exist in England between, among other groups, people from different ethnic backgrounds and disabled people’.

Read the full text of the Equality impact assessment: summary tool and guidance for policy makers

Call to action

In recognising and seeking to redress health and social inequalities experienced by the BME population, The Afiya Trust set out seven key recommendations for action: 

  • Address the diversity of identities and experiences within communities while delivering health and social care services.
  • Develop systems to enable racialised communities to influence policy making at the top level.
  • Support community-led social marketing campaigns to challenge inequalities and raise awareness.
  • Set mandatory duty for accountability and outcomes on health equality.
  • Monitor the commissioning process for effectiveness in meeting community needs.
  • Ensure service user and carer leadership in evaluation of services.
  • Recognise and respect cultural heritage, identity and belief systems of communities.

Read more in The Afiya Trust’s Achieving Equality in Health and Social Care: a framework for action.,

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