Making Equality Work - The essential 'how to' handbook available FREE for a limited period

14 July 2014

MakingEqualityWorkTo mark the launch of the National Equality Evidence Database (NEED) on July 15, 2014, an ePub version of the highly lauded book Making Equality Work is being made available to download FREE for a limited period.

The ePub works with Apple devices (in iBooks). On Windows computers the ePub can also be read with a wide variety of reader apps, many of which are free. Similarly on Android devices, Kobo and Nook readers.

NHS librarians are welcome to distribute the ePub for staff. There is no Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Sorry, this free download offer is now closed.

Outside of the offer period you can also buy the Kindle edition here:

Making Equality Work is a unique book about a proven method for ensuring genuinely equal outcomes and experiences for patients and staff in the NHS. It combines background facts and theory about the history and nature of equality and diversity in Britain with the detailed description of how the authors set out successfully to raise the measurable levels of equality outcomes for the National Health Service in North West England

The first half of the book is a theoretical primer. It explains how Britain changed over the last 50-60 years, with the progressive emergence of all the diverse groups which we see today, and how society and the law responded to the demands from each group for social equality and protections.

There is a clear explanation of why equality matters and why attempts to change public institutions to achieve it often fail. This is backed by an extensive literature review. In the second half of the book the authors describe their own practical, evidence-led and strategy-driven approach within a public sector system of over 60 autonomous NHS trusts, and how that can be applied elsewhere.

The book explains not only what they did, but why they did it that way, and the benefits and pitfalls in hindsight.

The text is written in an accessible style for a wide range of readers and contains many references to contemporary published work from both academics and public sector sources.

Updated: 25 July 2014