The Equality Act 2010

​The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) came into force on 1 October 2010.

The Act is intended to simplify, harmonise and strengthen past discrimination legislation. 

The Act introduces the terminology of "protected characteristics" to which it applies in a consistent way the traditional elements of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

The protected characteristics are: - age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

Further information about the Act (including a range of "good practice" guides) can be obtained from the below links:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Government Equalities Office

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service​

You may also contact Cheryl Farmer, Patient Inclusion and Experience Lead

on 0151 430 1042​ or email:

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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