Equality Diversity and Rights Definitions

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Definitions ( taken from H+SC Lvl 3 Book 1, Beryl Stretch and Mary Whitehouse):
Equality Being equal, especially in rights, status or opportunities. All individuals
should be treated equally, and there are laws in place to make sure that this
happens. In accordance with the law, organisations have equality policies to
ensure that everyone is treated equally.
Diversity Diversity means accepting and respecting differences. This means
that everyone is recognised as being different and their difference is valued and
Rights Rights are legal entitlements. For example, an individual has the right to
live in society without being abused or intimidated because of their gender,
sexuality, race, skin colour, beliefs or culture.
All of the above terms are closely related to H+SC. They embrace all people using the
health care sector. It's essential that people working within H+SC recognise the need to
treat all individuals equally regardless of gender, ethnicity, skin colour, sexuality, age
You must also recognise when service users are being mistreated and should
endeavour to challenge the mistreatment, and to help those being mistreated and those
causing the mistreatment.
Diversity should be recognised and celebrated and it is important to support an
individual's diversity when working out healthcare plans as well as any particular needs
they may have as an individual. By doing this people in your care feel valued and
respected and will feel they are being treated with dignity. This makes a more positive
outlook of their time spent in your care. (H+SC book, Stretch and Whitehouse)
Social Cohesion where a group sticks together based on something in particular
such as ethnicity.
Tolerance The ability or willingness to tolerate the difference of opinions or behaviour
that you dislike or disagree with.
Equity Fairness and justice. In H+SC this means everyone is entitled to equal access
to any service when needed, and they should get the high quality care they deserve, no
matter where they live or how they live their lives.
Opportunities Everyone working in or using H+SC services should have the same
opportunities available to them. This can range from job opportunities to medical

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Could involve talking to patients about what they're entitled to, side effects of
medicine they're taking, or medical procedure they may be having.
Difference Related to diversity. Individuals need to be acknowledged and valued for
who they are. Applies to colleagues and service users alike.
Discrimination Unlawful within Britain. There's a legislation to help those who feel
discriminated against. There are 2 types you should be aware of:
Covert Discrimination Discrimination is hidden. E.g.…read more

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Jehovah's witnesses that do
not believe in blood transfusions but whose son needs one to live (in this scenario the
choice could be taken away from parents). Respect must be a constant no matter what
the user's beliefs.
Values Usually developed as people grow and are influenced by adults they are in
contact with. This socialisation process affects how we see ourselves in the world. Can
be positive, negative or a mix of both. E.g.…read more

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Independence Working with people to ensure they have an independent life, without
others telling them what to do, is vital. It's empowering people. Should work with
individual not for them.
Interdependence Means working within a team, where each person's role is as
important as anyone else's. When working in multidisciplinary team should rely on each
other, thus meaning every carries out job properly. Depending on each other's
Racism The abuse of people of certain race.…read more


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