Equality and Diversity
NHS City and Hackney CCG is committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights for our residents.
We want to ensure there is equal access and treatment for all people for the services we commission, both as a matter of fairness and as an essential part of our drive to reduce health inequalities and increase the health and wellbeing of all our population.
NHS City and Hackney CCG is committed to embedding equality and diversity values into our policies, procedures, employment practice, and the commissioning processes that secure health and social care for the people of City and Hackney.
We are ensuring that all our staff are embedding equality and diversity in all their work and through our contracts and partnerships with providers. We are supporting them in tackling tackle inequalities and barriers to services for patients.
The key drivers for integrating equality, diversity, and human rights outcomes into all aspects of commissioning, service access and delivery, employment practice, engagement, and involvement are:
- The Human Rights Act 1998;
- The Equality Act 2010, which includes the nine protected characteristics and the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED);
- The NHS Constitution;
- The Public Health Outcomes Framework, which tracks progress on key indicators such as life expectancy and wider determinants such as child poverty;
- The 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which places a statutory duty on NHS bodies to address health inequalities; and
- The 2012 Public Services Social Value Act, which requires all public bodies to consider how the services we commission might improve the social, economic, and environmental wellbeing of the area.
We recognise that everyone is different and want to make sure our services and employment practices respect, promote, and celebrate these differences. We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, victimisation, bullying, or harassment based on the following Protected Characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour, and nationality)
- religion or belief (this includes lack of belief)
- sex (male & female)
- sexual orientation
Although not a protected characteristic, City and Hackney CCG includes carers and socio-economic status within its list. Any action found to be in breach of any of these would be addressed in accordance with our disciplinary policies and procedures.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty came in to force in April 2011 (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) and public authorities are now required, in carrying out their functions, to have due regard concerning the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010;
- advance the equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- foster good relationships between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
As set out in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, City and Hackney CCG is required to publish one or more specific and measurable Equality Objectives at least every four years and to report on the progress of these annually.
City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Equality Objectives 2020–2022
City and Hackney CCG is committed to Equality and Diversity, improving health outcomes, and reducing health inequalities in in the City and Hackney. To strengthen our performance, the following initiatives have been put in place:
- For the first time, a Lay associate member, who has the right skills and experience, has been appointed to help the governing body with this important work.
- A new equality and diversity working group has been set up to support the CCG in dealing with issues about equality, diversity, and health.
- The workforce race equality scheme (WRES) has been developed. This can be viewed on our website.
- We are working with our providers, including those from the independent and charitable sectors, to monitor compliance with WRES.
- The 2013–2017 equality objectives have been reviewed and a progress report outlining our actions against these equality objectives is available here. We have developed a set of draft equality objectives for 2020–2022, aligned to the CCG’s strategic objectives.
- We are in the process of identifying the actions the CCG will undertake to meet these objectives, which will be completed by the end of April 2020 and made available on the website. If you would like to comment on our draft equality priorities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Draft Equality Objectives 2020–2022
CCG Strategic Objectives
Draft Equalities Objectives
Shift Resources and focus on prevention and address health inequalities
Improve health outcomes for those with protected characteristics under the EA and other vulnerable groups
Deliver proactive, community-based care close-to-home, rather than institutional settings, where appropriate
Improve access to and engagement with health and care services for those with protected characteristics under the EA and other vulnerable groups
Ensure we maintain a financial balance as a system and achieve our financial plans
Target resources and processes to ensure that commissioning properly addresses equality priorities
Deliver integrated care, which meets the physical, mental health, and social needs of our diverse communities
Ensure that integrated care system design and delivery and the workforce plan is informed by an understanding of and is targeted at addressing the needs of all our communities
Empower patients and residents
Ensure all residents are empowered to be proactively involved in their own health and care and barriers to self-care, in particular groups, are addressed
We have a range of information and mechanisms to ensure equalities are embedded into planning and decision-making processes.
Our Embedding Equalities webpage describes how we take equalities into account when:
- assessing need;
- planning services;
- designing and purchasing services; and
- monitoring and evaluating those services.