Champion, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

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Task 1: understand equality, diversity and inclusion in own area of responsibility Understanding equality, diversity and inclusion is vital if we want to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care. Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and no one is unfairly disadvantaged. Equality means being equal in status, rights and opportunities no matter what their race disability, gender, religion, beliefs and cultural differences, sexual orientation and age. Diversity is about valuing peoples’ differences and addressing their different needs and situations. Diversity literally means difference. Diversity recognises that though people have things in common with each other, they are also different and unique in many ways. Diversity is about recognising and valuing those differences. Diversity therefore consists of visible and non-visible factors, which include personal characteristics such as background, culture, personality and work-style in addition to the characteristics that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of race, disability, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age. By recognising and understanding our individual differences and embracing them, and moving beyond simple tolerance, we can create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued. Inclusion is a sense of belonging, feeling included, feeling respected, valued for who we are even if the person lacks some advantages, feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so than we can achieve our best. Inclusion ensures everyone has access to resources, right, goods and services, and able to participate in activities. Delivering on equality, diversity and inclusion in the health service means that we are tackling barriers, which might prevent some groups

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