The EQIA is a toolkit to help us work through this process. Staff members are required to consider positive or negative impact of all strategies and policies. This includes General, Clinical and Human Resources (HR) policies. It enables NHS Fife to ensure that as an organisation we can demonstrate that we have due ‘regard' to the following General Duty of the Equality Act 2010:

  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations
  • Eliminate unlawful conduct such as discrimination, harassment and victimisation

There are 3 possible outcomes following the completion of an EQIA:

  • The proposal/policy/strategy is robust with no negative impacts or missed opportunities and low relevance so there is no change to the proposal and its implementation.
  • The EQIA identifies potential negative impacts or missed opportunities with low relevance so continue with the proposal or policy but there requires to be some adjustment prior to its implementation.
  • The EQIA identifies potential negative impacts on one or more of the particular protected characteristics and the policy is not able to be implemented.

The legislation also requires that NHS Fife publishes the EQIAs so that we are open and transparent in the inclusiveness of all our service delivery and Human Resources services. The EQIA is an opportunity to highlight areas of good practice that promote mainstreaming of Equality and Human Rights.

For more information you can contact the NHS Fife Equality and Human Rights Team

Understanding the Impact of Changes to Services The legislation also requires that NHS Fife publishes the EQIA’s so that we are open and transparent in the inclusiveness of all our service delivery and Human Resources services. The EQIA is an opportunity to highlight areas of good practice that promote mainstreaming of Equality and Human Rights.

Fairer Scotland Duty 2018
The Fairer Scotland Duty 2018, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010, came into force. This duty requires us to actively and pay ‘due regard’ to how we can reduce inequalities in outcome from any social or economic disadvantage, when making decisions. This duty is now an integral element to the Equality Impact Assessment process for NHS Fife. NHS Fife takes forward action to address social and economic disadvantage through their anti poverty work and work to address health inequalities.