Inequalities Sensitive Practice (ISP)

Inequalities Sensitive Practice is a way of working which responds to the life circumstances that affect people's health. Evidence shows that if these issues are not taken into account by the health service, opportunities are missed to improve health and to reduce health inequalities.

Developing ISP within NHSGGC

NHSGGC has a number of programmes of work which aim to ensure that our services understand how to recognise and respond to the life circumstances that are affecting someone's health.

For example, the Healthier Wealthier Children Project focuses on identifying and responding to the needs of people who have worries about money. While the Gender-based Violence Programme is developing the practice of sensitively asking service users about their experience of abuse.

Click here to read examples of how this Inequalities Sensitive Practice is having a positive impact on people's lives

The current Welfare Reforms are likely to have a profound effect on NHSGGC patients. We are anticipating an increase in diseases relating to poverty and we can expect increased demand for mental health and primary care services and a negative impact on carers. For more detailed information on the welfare reform changes and what NHSGGC are doing to mitigate the impact on patients, click here.

There are also a number of initiatives around workforce training and development. Click here for examples.

The 'Wee Events, Big Ideas' series of staff events focused on -

  • understanding discrimination and prejudice and what it means for the people experiencing it
  • knowing how to address the practical barriers facing our patients around communication and access to services 
  • comprehending the wider social issues affecting our patients and know how to access advice and support
Click on the link to hear staff's response to the events and access a range of useful resources.

Links & Resources

Caring to Ask - Measuring Change

Caring to Ask - How to embed caring conversations into practice (NE Sector)

Caring to Ask Storyboards

Staff Attitudes to Employability & Financial Inclusion

Supporting Practice Change - step-by-step guide to the key elements of ISP

Inequalities Sensitive Practice Initiative (2006-2009)

Goal 5. Uses an understanding of inequality and discrimination when devising treatment and care

Personalisation & Human Rights - May 2012. Discussion paper commissioned by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Neighbourhood Networks and Alzheimer Scotland.

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