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9 – HSC CM1: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

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1.1.     Define the terms:

That everyone is treated fairly, with their unique qualities and requirements are taken into account, is what is meant by “equality.” In a world where everyone is treated equally, nobody should be given preferential treatment when it comes to receiving the services they need at any time. In health and social care settings, equality necessitates that all persons receive the top-tier support and treatment they are entitled to, regardless of who they are or their circumstances.

This is when everyone is treated equally and appreciated for who they are despite external differences such as age, gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, education level, occupation, etc. No care receiver should get subpar treatment due to their skin tone, gender, religious or cultural background, or gender identity. This goes beyond the care users; it includes co-workers and the community at large.

If someone is truly included in a group or community, they are welcomed and valued for who they are rather than for any perceived flaws or shortcomings that might make them stand out. Regardless of one’s individuality, it’s always gratifying and encouraging to be welcomed and valued as an integral part of a team that provides one with the resources and encouragement necessary to succeed.
A person’s morale rises when they feel like they belong. The ability to see that everyone is treated fairly and respected is a strong indicator of inclusiveness.

This is the unfair treatment of someone because of who they are or what group they identify with, including but not limited to prejudice, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ageism. Discrimination can occur when someone displays bias against them because of their race.

When it comes to health and social care, the system must do everything in its power to avoid privileging some service users over others; instead, all service users should receive premium service with consideration paid to their unique characteristics.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 1.2. Explain how rights are promoted in health and social care services.
  • 1.3. Discuss ethical dilemmas that may arise when balancing individual rights and duty of care
  • 2.1. Explain how to promote equality and support diversity.
  • 2.2. Describe how to challenge those not working inclusively in a way that promotes change
  • 2.3. Explain how to support others in promoting equality and rights
  • 3.1. Summarise legislation and codes of practice relating to equality, diversity, inclusion and discrimination.
  • 4.1. Evaluate the role of the health and social care practitioner in meeting individuals’ needs through inclusive practice

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