Equality, Diversity and Rights
in Health and Social Care
QCF Level 3:
Guided learning hours: 60
Aim and purpose
This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. Learners will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combatting this. They will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings.
At the heart of effective health and social care practice lies an understanding of the immense diversity amongst individuals in contemporary British society, and how good health and social care practice recognises and accommodates this diversity. The promotion of equality and the rights of individuals are crucial for effective health and social care service provision.
This unit investigates how equality, diversity and rights are central to the effective operation of health and social care services. It explores discriminatory practice and its potential effects on patients/service users, the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice by, for example, legislation and codes of practice, the application of this to the health or social care workplace, and national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice. The knowledge and understanding gained from this unit will underpin many of the other units in the qualification. In particular, it is essential in preparing learners for their work experience. It is also a useful preparation for work in the health and social care sectors and for learners intending to progress to, for example, degrees in social work, nursing or other related disciplines.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
Understand concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care
Know discriminatory practices in health and social care
Understand how national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice
Know how anti-discriminatory practice is promoted in health and social care settings.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Health and Social Care – Issue 1 – June 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010
1 Understand concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care
Benefits of diversity: social/cultural, eg the arts, diet, education, language, cultural enrichment, tolerance, social cohesion; economic, eg employment, expertise
Terminology: correct use of, eg equality, equity, diversity, rights, opportunity, difference, overt discrimination, covert discrimination, stereotyping, labelling, prejudice, disadvantage, beliefs, values, vulnerability, abuse, empowerment, independence, interdependence, racism, sexism, homophobia Settings: health and/or social care settings, eg residential, day care, nursing care, domiciliary care Active promotion of equality and individual rights in health and social care settings: principles of the care value base; putting the patient/service user at the heart of service provision, eg providing active support, promoting individuals’ rights, choices and wellbeing, anti-discriminatory practice, empowering patients/service users; dealing with tensions and contradictions; staff development and training; practical implications of confidentiality, eg recording, reporting, storing and sharing of information Individual rights: the right to be respected, treated equally and not discriminated against, treated as an individual, treated in a dignified way, allowed privacy, protected from danger and harm, allowed access to information about themselves, be able to communicate using their preferred methods of communication and language, cared for in a way that meets their needs, takes account of their choices and protects them
2 Know discriminatory practices in...