Equality and diversity

Updated 3 December 2018

Underpinned by our vision, mission and values our Equality Strategy supports our guarantee to promote equality throughout the planning and development of service commissioning whilst respecting the diversity of our local community and staff.

It enables us to make sure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to be heard and give their opinions about local healthcare services and helps us continue to have open, honest and two-way conversations – at times and in ways that are appropriate for our stakeholders.

Our plan

To read our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy for 2017-2021 click here.

Equality Act 2010

In October 2010 this Act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws and has made equality laws easier for people to understand and fulfil and strengthened protection in some areas.

The Act covers nine protected characteristics which refer to groups of people who are specifically offered protection by the Equality Act. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, meaning that the Act protects everyone against unfair discrimination.

Protected characteristic Protection for:
Age A person belonging to a particular age or age group.  People of different ages including children, younger and older people.
Disability People who have a disability or a physical or mental impairment and it has substantial and long term adverse effect on an individual’s ability to carry out normal daily living activities.
Gender reassignment People who are proposing to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone a process (or part of a process) to reassign their sex by changing physiological or other physical attributes of sex.
Marriage and civil partnership People who are married or in a civil partnership.
Pregnancy and maternity Women who are having or have recently had a baby.
Race People characterised by shared ethnicity, colour, nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.
Religion or belief People with or without a religion or belief.
Sex Men and women.
Sexual orientation People whose sexual orientation is towards people of the same sex as themselves (gay or lesbian); people of the opposite sex (heterosexual); or people of both sexes (bisexual).

Our equality objectives

We regularly review our progress against our five equality objectives.

  • Provide accessible, appropriate information to meet a range of communication styles and needs.
  • Improve the reporting and use of equality data to inform equality analyses.
  • To strengthen stakeholder engagement and partnership working.
  • To be a great employer with a diverse, engaged and well supported workforce.
  • Ensure our leadership is inclusive and effective at promoting equality.

Our equality strategy performance report

Click here to read about our performance and progress during 2017-18 which is supported by the following documents.

Legal Equality Duties
EDS2 Grading and Assessment 2017/18
CCG Equalities Objectives 2017-20
Human Rights Act 1998 and Health
Equality Analysis Template

Ensuring equality and reducing health inequalities through our decision making

We want to be sure that the decisions we take make a real, positive difference to our population.

As a CCG we should be able to demonstrate how we have tried to ensure:

  • Participation activity reaches diverse communities and groups with distinct health needs and those who experience difficulties accessing health services, including inclusion health groups.
  • People who have characteristics that are protected under the Equality Act 2010 are involved.

Carrying out an equality and health inequality analysis can help identify people who experience the greatest health needs, those who face barriers to accessing services and to participation, and those groups of people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 who may be affected by a particular plan, proposal or decision. (NHSE 2017)

An Equality Impact Assessment is undertaken on major strategies, policies and changes to services to ensure that they do not have a differential impact on any community group.

In order to help support our staff to consider the equality impacts across protected characteristics, we have a matrix of questions that they can use as a tool.

Click here to access the Equality Impact Assessment tool.

Click here to find out more about equality and health inequalities:

Equality Impact Analysis (EIA)

We measure the equality impact of our decisions to carefully consider how they affect the local population. To view EIAs on our policies click here. To view EIAs on our Governing Body papers, please click here.

We also carry out Equality Impact Assessments as part of our Quality Impact Assessment when reviewing strategies, services, projects and policies. Here are examples of some of our latest EIAs:


Aligning engagement and equality

Click here to find out we promote equality and effective community engagement.

NHS England’s guidance on tackling health inequalities

Click here to download NHS England’s guidance on tackling health inequalities.

Equalities and our workforce

Click here to read our Workforce Race Equality Standard report.

Equality and diversity - useful information and links to resources

Click here to download our useful information and links to resources.

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