The NHS is for everyone. No matter your gender, the colour of your skin, your heritage or your age, everyone should receive the same high quality care every time you use a NHS service.
The Equality Act became law in 2010 and covers everyone in Britain. It protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
Promoting equality, diversity and human rights
Equality, diversity and human rights play a vital part in the work of the NHS locally. Every member of the community is likely, at some point, to receive some kind of health and social care. NHS Northumberland CCG welcomes diversity in society, acknowledging that experiences, aspirations and needs are as individual as each patient.
As a commissioner of health services and as an employer, NHS Northumberland CCG values all people as individuals, irrespective of their protected characteristics.
The information on our website is one of the ways in which NHS Northumberland CCG communicates and promotes equality, values diversity and respects human rights in the commissioning of services for the local community.
Meeting our legal duty
As a public sector organisation, NHS Northumberland CCG embeds equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights into all activities. To do this, we must demonstrate our commitment to:
- eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advancing equality of opportunity
- promoting good relations.
This means that the CCG and its employees should:
- work towards removing or minimising disadvantages
- take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
- encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
Our aim is to uphold these aims and to close the gap in health inequalities.
The Equality Act 2010 outlines specific duties on certain public bodies (of which NHS Northumberland CCG is one) to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty more effectively. These specific duties are to:
- publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty at least annually
- set equality objectives at least every four years.
NHS Northumberland CCG has developed its equality objectives through the EDS2 (Equality Delivery System) process as listed below:
- Continuously improve engagement and ensure that services are commissioned and designed to meet the needs of patients.
- Ensure processes are in place to provide information in a variety of communication methods to meet the needs of patients, in particular the ageing population and those with a disability.
- Monitor and review staff satisfaction to ensure they are engaged, supported and represent the population they serve.
- Ensure that the CCG Governing Body actively leads and promotes equality and diversity throughout the organisation.
Our equality information provides an overview of how we meet our public sector equality duty, both through commissioning and employment. We work with our community, interest and internal groups to prioritise our work which will produce better outcomes. This information is not exhaustive and there are key CCG documents which provide further information about our policies, objectives and actions.
We have listed the main equality documents below and provided the links for reference:
- Northumberland CCG equality strategy 2016-2020
- Disability confident level 2 accreditation certificate
- Equality and health inequalities pack 2018
- Health Profiles
- Public Health England – Local Health
- Northumberland Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Accessible information standard
The standard sets out a specific and consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
For further information, please go to accessible information standard.
Workforce race equality standards (WRES)
The CCG assesses itself against the NHS workforce race equality standard (WRES) annually to ensure that:
- data is collected and review against the nine WRES indicators
- an action plan is produced to close any gaps in workplace experience between white and black and ethnic minority (BME) staff, and
- board membership includes BME representation.
Further information about WRES can be found at workforce race equality standard.
For more information on the CCG’s workforce race equality standard, please contact NECSU.Equality@nhs.net