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Equality diversity and rights in health and social care

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Introduction

Level 3 - Unit 2 Equality diversity and rights in health and social care P1 - explain the concepts of equality diversity and rights in relation to health and social care. Introduction In a health and social care environment equality diversity and rights are essential to ensure everyone is prune to having rights and has the right to be treated equally no matter their race age or sex and also to be accepted and respected. Diversity The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio- economic status, age physical abilities, religious beliefs etc. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe positive and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity within each individual. Examples Genders - In the past men had more rights than women and were seen as more important. Women still earn less than men for similar work and find difficulty in breaking through the 'glass ceiling' to the most senior positions at work. There are far more derogatory terms, such as 'slag', used to describe women than men. Culture - All of us have a cultural background - activities, beliefs, values, knowledge and ideas shared by a group of people. White, middle-class culture still dominates the media and is often seen as more valuable. People feel more comfortable with others of a similar cultural background and groups who hold power and influence in society tend to value others like themselves. Codes of behaviour - People have different codes of behaviour according to their beliefs, values a behaviour and backgrounds. People may have different codes of behaviour for different aspects of their lives. For example, people who live quiet and law-abiding lives may behave differently at football matches or when with certain friends.

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Discrimination effects on people very widely such as health, education, employment, social care and law. Discrimination influence on people attitude, lifestyle, and the opportunity to changing the way they live and their future too. Despite anti discriminatory legislation, people's life chances are still affects by prejudice and discrimination. Follow the statistic discrimination still exists in society and in some health services but it is not easy to recognise it. As I was written above discrimination exists in both ways overt and covert. Overt discrimination is the way they treating someone differently and make people directly can be recognise and feeling straightforward. Covert discrimination is more invisible and a person's is more difficult to realise it. I would say that discrimination can be effects on individual as damaging their quality of life and human well being. The people who live under pressure of unfair treatment they are always live without safety needs and lower self esteem for the whole life. By the Maslow's analysis of human needs discrimination affects on people in negative way discrimination may mean that individuals spend their life struggling with low self esteem and safety needs and reduce individuals opportunity to self actualise. Also, non verbal responses from others can influence an individual to develop an interior sense of self worth. Love and belonging can mean that a person come to believe that they do not belong. The safety needs and physical needs the persons live in threat of attack and verbal abuse always feeling unsafe and people are likely have the physically damaged from assault. Physical health may be harm if those people suffer stress or depressing. As well as people's who come from lower social class they normally have very few chances to access to the health care services or to get a good job. From prejudice of some organisation they think that persons have different colour skin, nationality, race, religion, etc so they have no chances to have a good job.

Conclusion

Every single person in the UK comes into contact with the NHS at some point in their lives, usually when they are at their most vulnerable. Therefore it is essential that human rights are taken into account when delivering services to ensure quality care. Confidentiality Confidentiality is an important principle in health and social care because it functions to impose a boundary on the amount of personal information and data that can be disclosed without consent. This also ensures that people can trust certain services because they know what goes on between themselves and a professional will stay there unless law comes in to it. Staff and development training This allows all staff to look for new efficient ways of providing care and developing the skills that they already have. It ensures that the service will provide the latest and most efficient care and treatment. Making the service completely trust worthy. P5 -Describe how anti-discriminatory practice is promoted in health and social care settings. Equal Opportunities It's not about treating everybody the same - it's actually about treating people differently so they are able to have the same opportunities and to be treated with dignity and respect. For example, in your setting, if you had one person who can feed themselves you would give them their lunch and they could carry on and eat themselves. But if someone else can't feed themselves then you would help them to eat their lunch. So you are treating these two people differently, but giving them both the opportunity to have lunch. Also, if somebody else was vegetarian, then you would provide them with a vegetarian lunch. So you are treating them differently too, but giving them the same opportunity. But it's also giving them respect and dignity. It would be disrespectful, bad practice and discriminatory to put a lunch in front of somebody who couldn't feed themselves and just leave them like that, and same for giving a vegetarian a lunch that contained meat.

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this report focuses on discriminatory practice within health and social care settings. strengths of the report are that it provides some strong subject knowledge and links this in well with opinions. however, some of the report is hard to make sense of and it also lacks analysis.
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