The Department currently has four director general level equality champions as follows:
Disability—Chief Nursing Officer, Dame Christine Beasley;
Gender—Director-General Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, David Behan; and
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender—Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.
Their role is to provide leadership and support to staff and staff groups within the Department around each of the equality challenges listed, including speaking at staff events and providing mentoring and advice as necessary.
The Department is currently reviewing and strengthening all of its equalities and human rights functions; this will include functions that focus on the wider health and social care system as well those that look to support staff within the Department.