The Department draws on a very wide range of research, data and analysis to inform policy development and implementation. Equality analyses for the Health and Social Care Bill and the Public Health White Paper provide a comprehensive account of how equality information has been used to making decisions in current health and social care reforms.
The main source of equality evidence that has informed the current health service reforms is the (revised) equality analysis of the Health and Social Care Bill 2010-11
Equality information underpinning the Government’s long-term vision for the future of public health in England can be found in the suite of impact assessments that accompanied the White Paper Healthy Lives Healthy People
A contemporary summary of the what we know about the experiences of different groups using health and care services in Britain can be found in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s first triennial report, How Fair Is Britain?
The Department routinely draws on the information published by the NHS Information Centre, England’s central, authoritative source of health and social care information. Detailed information about the NHS Information Centre’s statistics and data collections
The following collections that are maintained by the NHS Information Centre are of particular importance to the Department’s work:
- Mental Health Minimum Dataset
- Commissioning Datasets
- NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Workforce Statistics in England
- The Office for National Statistics’ health and social care collections
- Public Health Indicators Portal
Equality information used in the Health Bill and the Public Health White Paper
An updated list of equality evidence that has been used in the Health Bill and the Public Health White Paper can be found in the attachment