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Equality, Human Rights and Diversity

The purpose of these web pages is to share with you activities that the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is undertaking with regard to Equality, Human Rights, Diversity and Good Relations, and to provide access to the screening outcomes of HSCB policies.

Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998

As a Public Authority, the HSCB is required to promote equality of opportunity and good relations in carrying out its functions under Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. To demonstrate its compliance with the legislation the HSCB produced an Equality Scheme which was approved by the Equality Commission NI on 4 October 2011.

As part of the equality duties the HSCB was required to undertake and Audit of Inequalities across its functions.

Our Equality Scheme, progress reports are available below to view or download.

Annual Progress Report 2015-20161.3 MiB109
Annual Progress Report 2014-20151.3 MiB204
Annual Progress Report 2013-20141.1 MiB127
Annual Progress Report 2012-2013543.4 KiB143
Annual Progress Report 2011-20121.5 MiB141
Annual Progress Report 2010-2011206.4 KiB185

Screening of Policies

A key element of the Section 75 equality duties is the screening of policies. Our staff are regularly provided with specialist screening training.

Screening Outcomes are available for download from the Business Services Organisation’s website – www.hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2166.htm


If you would like to contact the HSCB about the Equality Scheme or about equality issues you can meet or contact:

Michael Bloomfield,
Director of Performance and Corporate Services
Telephone: 028 9536 3028
For text relay use 18001 028 9536 3028
Email: michael.bloomfield@hscni.net

You can also contact the Equality Unit of the Business Services Organisation. The Equality Unit are responsible for supporting and advising the HSCB on equality and human rights.

Telephone: 028 9536 3961
For text relay use 18001 028 9536 3961
Email: equality.unit@hscni.net

Alternative Formats

Our organisation is committed to making information as accessible as possible and to promoting meaningful engagement.

Any request for a document or communication from HSCB in another format or language will be considered.

We will respond to requests for information in alternative formats in a timely manner, usually within 20 working days (unless third party timescales dictate otherwise, for example, translation providers). Please use the contact details above.


Audit Of Inequalities - Implementation Of Action Plan August 2011 - PDF 78KB77.1 KiB135
Audit of Inequalities Action Plan 2013-2018320.3 KiB253
Audit Of Information Systems Report April 2014-PDF379.4 KiB158
Consultation Report - Equality Scheme And Audit - PDF 521KB520.1 KiB142
Disability Action Plan - April 2013 - PDF114KB110.6 KiB154
Disability Action Plan - EasyRead330.5 KiB143
Disability Action Plan 2013-2018340.4 KiB193
Disability-Action-Plan Post-Consultation-Report330.5 KiB139
Equality Scheme - May 2011 - PDF 352KB351.6 KiB112
Equality Scheme Easy Read - August 2011 - 527KB526.3 KiB136
HSCB Audit Of Inequalities And Action Plan Dec2010384.9 KiB128
HSCB AuditOfInequalities And Action Plan EasyRead Dec20101460.9 KiB112
HSCB Draft Equality Scheme Consultation-December2010401.1 KiB178
HSCB Summary Equality Scheme - Text Only - January 2012 - PDF 95KB95.4 KiB125
HSCB Summary Equality Scheme - January 2012 - PDF 143KB360.6 KiB109
Section 75 Northern Ireland Act 1998 - PDF 17KB16.4 KiB268