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Age discrimination

From 29 May 2009, we have been asked by Department of Health and Social Care to oversee age discrimination claims against NHS bodies in England.

We do not propose, at present, to ask for sign-up as we did with equal pay, because there are currently far fewer claims. However, we are happy to consider problems or offer a strategic view. We cannot give legal advice, which should be sought from a solicitor or barrister in the usual way.

Please contact us at or call us on 020 7811 2826.

Equal pay

We coordinate equal pay claims on behalf of the NHS in England.

In April 2009, the Newcastle Employment Tribunal gave its ruling on the key case of Hartley v Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, Secretary of State for Health and Others. This rejected the claimants’ contention that Agenda for Change (AfC) breached anti-discrimination legislation, and constituted a significant victory for the NHS, the Department of Health and the union signatories to AfC.

A range of free guidance tools is available on this page. If you can’t find what you need or if you would like to speak with one of our staff please contact us on 020 7811 2700.

Human rights

Since January 2003, we have provided a free Human Rights Act Information Service (HRAIS) to the NHS. One of the central aims of the HRAIS is to minimise the cost to the NHS of obtaining legal advice in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, by providing NHS bodies with access to a centrally coordinated information service. It also seeks to encourage the sharing of good practice in this area.

The service publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep NHS staff up-to-date with developments in case-law which is sent out by email to human rights contacts in NHS bodies.

To notify us of the nominated human rights contact in your trust or health authority or if you can’t find what you need on our database or in a publications please email us at

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