Equality and diversity

We support Scotland's health by being responsive to the principles of equality and diversity.

We aim to meet the needs of the public and stakeholders who represent the diverse communities of Scotland. Equality and diversity is about the recognition of difference in its widest sense. 

Download our mainstreaming equalities and equality outcomes framework (PDF 2.3 MB) Download our equality outcomes plan (PDF 220KB)

Monitoring our impact

In delivering our services we seek to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations. We ensure that our staff are professionally and culturally equipped to meet the individual needs of donors, patients, public, customers and stakeholders.

Download our equality outcomes plan progress report (PDF 110KB) Read our Equality Impact Assessment: Donor Web Portal (PDF, 223KB)

An equal workforce 

NSS recognises the importance of monitoring equality and diversity in the workforce as it enables us to examine how our employment policies and processes are working and to identify areas where these appear to be impacting disproportionately on certain groups of staff.

Download our equality workforce data report (PDF 232KB)

Equal pay

We believe that staff should receive equal pay for the same or broadly similar work regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion and sex or sexual orientation, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (external link).

Download our equal pay statement (PDF 78KB) Download our latest equal pay gap report (PDF 288KB)

Disability Confident 

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, NHS National Services Scotland is taking action to ensure that people with disabilities and long term health conditions feel supported, engaged and able to fulfil their potential in the workplace.

The accreditation recognises some of the proactive steps we are taking to support people with disabilities in applying for and working at the NHS National Services Scotland.

These steps include offering interviews to all candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role and being flexible with our recruitment processes and supporting flexible working patterns where possible. It also means that we take active steps to make adjustments in the workplace to support staff with disabilities.

We think it is one way of showing our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse place to work. We always continue to look for ways to do more, but this accreditation demonstrates to our employees and potential employees that we take our commitment to supporting people with disabilities at work seriously.


If you require any of these resources in a more accessible format, contact our digital team (nss.website@nhs.net).

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