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Equality & Diversity

E&D WFCCG

In line with the Equality Act 2010, there is a Duty for all public bodies to consider how their activities affect people who share different ‘protected characteristics’ and publish this data annually. As a Clinical Commissioning Group we have a duty to do this as both commissioners of services and as an employer. 

The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty are:

• Age
• Disability
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Race, including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
• Religion or belief
• Sex
• Sexual orientation

Our CCG is firmly committed to ensuring all our local people have access to high quality accessible health care and services and to improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities through strengthening local communities.

We believe strongly that this will only be achieved by engaging with and involving local people in these processes. We recognise the importance of ensuring our engagement is reflective of the diversity of our local population and we will monitor this and take action to ensure this is achieved.

Our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy 2013-16 outlines the ways in which we will work to take this forward, making it part of our ways of working and our decision making processes. We will seek to underpin the principles and practice of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in our engagement and commissioning processes, service development and business practices, including how we engage with our staff.

On-going consultation and engagement with our members, patients, local communities, staff, the wider public and stakeholders will help us develop our plans and objectives to ensure this Strategy is taken forward to secure high quality, needs based services for local people in Wyre Forest.  

Equality Objectives

The public authorities listed in Schedule 1 and 2 of The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 (the specific duties) must:      

  • Prepare and publish one or more objectives they think they should achieve to do any of the things mentioned in the aims of the general equality duty, by 6 April 2012, and at least every four years thereafter.
  • Ensure that those objectives are specific and measurable.
  • Publish those objectives in such a manner that they are accessible to the public.

As we only came into existence as an organisation in April of 2013 we were given until October 13th to devise, agree and publish our Equality Objectives, laying out a few key issues which we wish to focus on as an organisation. These Objectives can be found here

The detail of how we will meet our Objectives will be included in our Equality Delivery System Action Plan which will be published shortly. 

Equality Delivery System

Our latest Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is available to read please click here for the January 2016 update. 

Easy Read introduction to the Equality Delivery System

Equality Impact Assessments

What is an Equality Impact Assessment?

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool / process that enables the CCG to check how an existing or new service / policy affects groups of people covered by equalities legislation. It allows us to look at what impact an existing or proposed policy, procedure, practice or service is likely to have on different groups of people. They aim to eliminate discrimination and improve equality. EIAs assess a number of important areas, including race, disability and gender.

Accessible Information Standard

The CCG has a legal and moral responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 to provide any of its documents, leaflets, electronic resources etc in an alternative format if requested. Currently we try to ensure our materials are written in ‘plain English’, but there is more we can do to ensure our approach is equitable and our materials are accessible to all.

In June 2015 the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) approved a new ‘accessible information standard’ (SCCI1605 Accessible Information). All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care must follow the accessible information standard by law (under Section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012).

Organisations must follow the standard in full by 31 July 2016, and there are some things we must do before then; the changes apply both to materials produced by the CCG, but also our GP practices, so we will need to support them to ensure they are compliant with the new standards. The changes also have major implications for provider organisations and we will have a responsibility to ensure they are meeting the standard in the materials they produce for patients.

More information on the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website.

For further information about how to request documents please contact our Corporate Communications and Engagement Team at: worcs.comms@nhs.net

Resources:

The CCG draft Accessible Comms Policy is being approved by the relevant committees and once approved will be published on the website once ratified. Here is a simple summary of the draft strategy.

Download our Accessible Information Standard Action Plan - July 2016

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