The Equality Act
The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into this one Act. All together this provides a legal framework to protect the rights of people and have equality of opportunity for everyone. The 9 characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act 2010 are: age disability gender reassignment marriage or civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation
The Act legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in society by setting out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone. In Silver Birch, they would follow the Equality Act which would help to promote anti-discriminatory practice by making sure the residents are treated equally and respected regardless of factors such as disability, race or sexual orientation. For example, a heterosexual black male will be treated the same as a homosexual white female from a different country.
The code of conduct for nurses
The code of conduct for nurses is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of nurses in their setting and how they should be caring for their patients. Overall, the main points covered by this is for nurses to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public, deliver high quality healthcare consistently, keep their skills and knowledge up to date, uphold the standards of their professional code and to have fair processes to investigate allegations made against nurses.
This code of conducts helps to promote anti-discriminatory practice because it makes sure that nurses know that they have a duty of care and that people must be able to trust them with their lives and health. It also ensures that nurses will be help personally accountable for their actions and failure to comply may bring their fitness to practice into question. Silver Birch’s nurses will all have to comply with this code of conduct which will mean
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