Diversity, Rights & Equality Portfolio

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‘Describe and discuss the terms Diversity, Rights and Equality in relation to health and social care.’
The Oxford Dictionary (2006) defines Diversity as ‘a state of being varied’. This definition, in relation to health and social care, could signify cultures, disabilities, age and genders which are all relevant in reference to any healthcare profession. For example, Field and Smith (2008) state that Britain is a multicultural country, and this has implications on how healthcare is delivered. Therefore, nurses and other healthcare professionals must be culturally sensitive to all clients and patients in their care.
A Right, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is ‘an entitlement to have or do something’. To expand, rights are prerogatives to have individual choices and decisions, whether those choices include religions, cultures or beliefs. The Department of Health (2007) state that Rights are what it means to be a human being. Whilst giving care to a client, healthcare workers must respect the rights that the patients have. One example is the right to confidentiality. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) states ‘you must respect people’s rights to confidentiality’, this is one way to obtain the patient’s respect and dignity.
‘Clients are more knowledgeable and expect to be treated as partners and equals...’ Department of Health (2006). This statement explains how important equality is to a client when they are in the care of another at their most vulnerable. The Oxford Dictionary (2006) defines Equality as ‘the state of being equal’, for instance, Denny & Earle (2005) state that ‘Discriminatory

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