Equality and Human Rights


NHS Fife’s Corporate Equality and Human Rights Statement


NHS Fife is committed to making health and care accessible by eliminating discrimination, promoting inclusion and ensuring a Human Rights based approach underpins all our functions and services.


Aithris Chorporra NHS Fhìobha air Cò-ionannachd agus Còraichean Daonna

Is e rùn NHS Fhìobha cothroman cùram-slàinte fhosgladh le bhith a’ cur às do leth-bhreith, a’ brosnachadh in-ghabhail agus a’ dèanamh cinnteach gu bheil còraichean daonna mar bhun-stèidh nar n-uile gnìomh agus seirbheis.


NHS Fife continually measures and monitors its Equality and Human Rights performance, ensuring we meet the obligations set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.


The Equality Act 2010 Protected Characteristics are:


  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sex (male and female)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Marriage
  • Civil Partnership
  • Religion and Belief


We have a range of functions, reports and reviews which help us to assess how we are doing.


The NHS Fife Equality Plan including Equality Outcomes shows how we aim to achieve the following:


  • ensuring that equality and human rights considerations are taken into account in all decision making by using the Equality Impact Assessment Framework
  • ensuring that, as an organisation, we do not discriminate against service users or staff
  • improving access for patients and their carers and families
  • ensuring that patients have a better experience of services which they access through regularly evaluative  or participation and engagement networks.
  • engaging with local communities
  • improving Human Resources practices and policies to attract, train, promote and support a workforce that is representative of the local population
  • ensuring that we promote understanding between different groups, including staff groups
  • Equality Impact Assessments when we carry out service developments, policies and in planning.
  • Our published Equal Pay Review and statement showing the difference in pay between men and women in NHS Fife.
  • A workforce data report detailing the diversity of the workforce


Human Rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. The animation video below shows how they protect us in our day-to-day lives and why they are so important.


Please see video below published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission: 



For more information or to suggest how we can improve our Equality and Human Rights practice please contact the NHS Fife Equality and Human Rights Team by:


NHS Fife provides accessible communication in a variety of formats including for speakers of community languages or for those who require Easy Read versions. Formats are also provided for those who speak BSL, use Audio formats or read Braille. A text messaging service is available for people who are unable to contact NHS Fife by phone due to a verbal or hearing impairment. To find out more about accessible formats contact the Equality and Human Rights Team.





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