The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health
Release Date:01 Dec 2012

The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health

A Guide to Implementation and Issues for Practice

Edited by Hari Sewell
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health provides a critical guide to the Act: what it means for mental health services and how it should be implemented.

It addresses each of the nine characteristics protected by the Act in turn, examining the research and practice issue associated with each and offering positive guidance. Contributors also highlight the broader issues associated with achieving equality in mental health, including conflicts between different forms of discrimination, the impact of budget cuts and the issue of inequality in wider society and how it relates to the mental health services. Finally, the book tackles organisational change and the implications for management practice, organisational structures and staff training.

This book will be a valuable resource for those involved in providing mental health services, including managers and frontline workers across health and social care.

This book is both rich and fascinating. It combines deep theoretical insight with acute pragmatism and never fails to engage the reader. The book will provide an indispensable guide to anyone who wishes to understand the context in which equality legislation must be implemented, or, frankly, why that legislation became necessary in the first place. – David Hewitt, Solicitor and partner at Weightmans LLP, UK and author of The Nearest Relative Handbook 2nd edition
This is an accessible, easy to understand and stimulating book on what can often be seen as either a theoretical topic or about addressing political correctness. – British Journal of Occupational Therapy

It consolidates and extends a range of previous legislation in respect of race relations, gender discrimination and disability discrimination by outlining nine 'protected characteristics'.

A number of guides have been written to help practitioners implement the Act but this appears to be the first with a specific focus on its possible implications for all those working within mental health services. This book aims to be an accessible guide to legal and technical information on the Act and attempts to provide practical ways of putting equality into mental health practice.

– The Psychiatric Bulletin
Hári Sewell is Founding Director of Health HS Consultancy, UK, which specialises in mental health and social care, social justice and equalities. A qualified social worker by background, he has held senior posts in mental health and social care in the health sector, local authorities and central government. He has worked in the field of Equalities and Mental Health nationally and internationally. He was involved in the Marmot Review of Health Inequalities post 2010 and in developing the equalities elements of the national mental health strategy. Hári is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. As well as various other publications he is also the author of Working with Ethnicity, Race and Culture in Mental Health: A Handbook for Practitioners, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Hári Sewell, HS Consultancy, UK. Part I. 1. The Equality Act 2010: The Letter and Spirit of the Law. Jo Honigmann, Just Equality, UK. 2. The Case for a Single Equalities Approach. Melba Wilson, HS Consultancy, UK. Part II: Evidence of Inequality. 3. Beyond Categories: Service Users as Complex Beings. Eleanor Hope, Sussex Partnership, UK. 4. Gendered Practice. Sue Waterhouse, HS Consultancy, UK. 5. Pregnancy and Maternity. Sue Waterhouse. 6. Marriage and Civil Partnership. Hári Sewell. 7. Age Equality. Barbara Vincent, Sussex Partnership, UK. 8. Disability. Hári Sewell. 9. Out and Equal: Towards Mental Health Equality for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) People. Sarah Carr, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), UK. 10. Race and Mental Health. Marcel Vige, National Mind, UK and Hári Sewell. 11. Gender Reassignment. Scott Durairaj and Jourdan Durairaj, Sussex Partnership Trust, UK. 12. Spirituality and Equalities. Peter Duncan Gilbert, Staffordshire University, UK. Part III: Essential Considerations. 13. The Prevalence of Traditional Psychiatric Models and Inherent Drivers of Inequality. Hári Sewell. 14. Conflicts within the Equalities Agenda. Hári Sewell. 15. The Impact of Cost Cutting on Equalities. Hári Sewell. 16. Good Enough Plans and Strategies: Getting the Balance Right for Effective Planning and Decision-Making - From Expediency to Pragmatism. Melba Wilson. Part IV: Change and Equalities.17. Applying Management Rigours to the Equality Agenda. Hári Sewell. 18. The Financial Case for Tackling Inequality. Melba Wilson and Hári Sewell. 19. Organisational Development Approaches. Hári Sewell and Cheryl Brodie, HS Consultancy, UK. 20. Skilling the Workforce. Hári Sewell and Cheryl Brodie. 21. Engaging Stakeholders and Communities. Hári Sewell. 22. Knowledge Management, New Technologies and Equalities. Tony Jameson-Allen, Evolution Networking Ltd, UK. Conclusion. Hári Sewell.
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