Diversity highlights the importance of understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences and accepting each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich variety of diversity within each individual. People working in Health and social care professions need to be familiar with the fact that people who use the services provided will come from diverse backgrounds and will bring a wide range of behavior and beliefs, it is essential that the this is respected. Also the people working within the health and social care team will need to form a bond whereby they respect each member and value each person as an individual without this the team will fall apart which will cause difficulty for the people using their service. Diversity enables people to learn about different backgrounds however some people do not except the diversity within certain individuals and this is regarded as discrimination. In Britain there are laws that help bring together the many diverse groups in our country and we are obliged to follow these regulations especially those in the health and social sector. Helping people should not depend on their background because we all need care and support, those who may be in a vulnerable mental state will need acceptance to a higher degree.
The benefits of diversity fit very well in the health and social care sector. For instants the arts aspect of diversity allows individuals to gain knowledge of certain backgrounds through films, museums, theatrical performances etc. A person working in health and social care can develop a deeper understanding of their patient’s background through the arts.
The diversity in food is also a huge benefit to society it is also very important for the health and social care profession because individual’s tastes have to be taken into account when planning a person’s diet. For example in a care home, lunch time menu should include options of different foods from different backgrounds this will portray respect for that person’s food preference. A person’s diet also needs to be tailored to their health requirements. For instants a dietician must advise a diabetic the kind of foods they need to exclude from their diet as it may increase their blood sugar level.
Language is clearly beneficial for health and care professionals because it gives them a chance to learn something new. It is most favored that those in the health and social care speak another language other than English because many of those using the services may not speak English.
Equality is about creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. All individuals should be treated equally and there are laws in place to ensure this happens. The legal framework of equality must be understood by those working within the health and social care sector.
‘The Equality Act 2010’ensures that people are protected from discrimination. The Equality Act protects people of all ages however, if different treatment because of age can be justified and has a valid aim, this will not be considered as discrimination. The act also has principles in relation to employees who are married or in a Civil Partnership. Marriage is defined as a 'union between a man and a woman'. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Many parts of the equality act are aimed at those who have a