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Equality and Diversity

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Published: 29 August 2017
Improving ethnic data collection for equality and diversity monitoring
Publication Summary Download pdf file [204kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [587kb]
Published: 27 June 2017
Measuring Use of Health Services by Equality Group
Publication Summary Download pdf file [65kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [1853kb]
Published: 28 February 2017
Improving Ethnic Data Collection for Equality and Diversity Monitoring
Publication Summary Download pdf file [152kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [453kb]


The UK Equality Act 2010 includes a public sector Equality Duty which requires public authorities to be active in promoting equality, eliminating unlawful conduct and fostering good relations. The Duty came into force on 6 April 2011 and provides a single, consistent framework covering age, disability status, ethnicity, gender/sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion/belief, sexual orientation, and transgender identity. NHS Boards in Scotland need information on the above equality characteristics for their patients to demonstrate that they are meeting the new public sector equality duty.

ISD has worked together with Health Scotland, the wider NHS and with voluntary and community organisations to improve the collection and use of equality information. There has been considerable progress in standardising definitions and coding and real improvements in the collection of data on ethnic group.

Between 2006 and 2013 ISD had a dedicated Equality and Diversity Information Programme. The work of this programme has since been mainstreamed into ISD’s core functions.

News and Updates

In June 2017, ISD published a report titled Measuring Use of Health Services by Equality Group Download PDF file [2mb].  This report sets the scene in terms of data availability and use, presents comparisons where data are available, and outlines next steps to further develop and improve use of equality information from national administrative health datasets.

Alongside this report, ISD released an ISD Equality Evidence Finder to make it easier for users to identify what data and evidence are available for the main national administrative health datasets. This is intended to complement the broader Scottish Government Equality Evidence Finder.

Monitoring collection of data on ethnic group for hospital admissions (including day cases) and outpatient appointments has taken place since 2010. Reports are produced every six months and are available on the Publications page in the left hand menu.


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