Diversity, equality and language

Diversity, equality and language

During the development of this quality standard, equality issues have been considered. Equality assessments are available.

Good communication between health and social care practitioners and people accessing services who smoke is essential. Treatment, care and support, and the information given about it, should be both age‑appropriate and culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to people with additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and to people who do not speak or read English. People who smoke and access services should have access to an interpreter or advocate if needed.

Commissioners and providers should aim to achieve the quality standard in their local context, in light of their duties to avoid unlawful discrimination and to have regard to promoting equality of opportunity. Nothing in this quality standard should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.