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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17397: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it evaluates and measures the success and cost effectiveness of equality training delivered by the NHS.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 July 2018

NHS Scotland health boards, as employers, are responsible for the delivery and monitoring of equality training provided to employees. Our national Partnership Information Network (PIN) policy: “Embracing Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in NHSScotland, accessible at: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0044/00441232.pdf explicitly requires that all staff are provided with equality training and outlines a number of the common and core principles that should inform the content of that training. The PIN policy further includes specific guidance on monitoring the impact of local activity against health boards’ legislative responsibilities flowing from the Public Sector Equality Duty.

To ensure that local equality training is relevant and effective, health board human resources and equality leads are required to develop and deliver training in partnership with professional organisation representatives, trade unions and staff. Boards are also able to consult with the professional organisations with which we retain national membership/partnership arrangements, including Stonewall Scotland and the Business Disability Forum.