Equality and Diversity

NHS City and Hackney CCG is committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights for our residents.

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 like life expectancy and wider determinants like child poverty.
  • The 2012 Health and Social Care Act which places a statutory duty on NHS bodies to address health inequalities.
  • ”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:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • religion or belief (this includes lack of belief)
  • Sex (male & female)
  • sexual orientation

Any action found to be in breach of any of these would be addressed in accordance with our disciplinary policies and procedures.

Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

The City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Board has agreed an Equality and Diversity Policy Statement 2014-17 which outlines our approach to equality.

It outlines our duty to comply with relevant legislation, especially the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the 2010 Equality Act which places a duty on public bodies to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relation between different groups of people.

It includes information on:

  • Our strategic priorities, such as our Five Year Plan (updated November 2014) and how they will help reduce health inequalities
  • Our definition of equality, diversity and human rights
  • Our equality objectives
  • The Equality Delivery System, an assessment framework which enables us to measure how we have achieved better outcomes for all, improved patient experience, empowered, included and engaged staff and provided inclusive leadership at all levels.

City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Equality Objectives 2013 -2017

The City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for designing local health services in City and Hackney. We do this by planning and commissioning hospital, community health and mental health services on behalf of local people. Through our commissioning we are committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

Following a consultation between August and September 2013, The CCG has adopted the following equality objectives for 2013 -2017. We believe they will  they help deliver local priorities and to continuous improvement:

  • Reduce mental health inequalities amongst communities in East London;
  • Reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease;
  • Ensure equitable access to services for residents of the City of London;
  • Implement the Equality Delivery System, a toolkit that helps NHS organisations improve services and consider health inequalities.

Public sector organisations are required to show they comply with the general equality duty, as specified in the Equality Act 2010 and these objectives also help us to meet the requirements of this Duty.

Download the detailed equality objectives here

Download the full consultation report here

Our 2013-2016 Prospectus sets out how we will achieve these objectives in more detail.

A progress report outlining our actions against the equality objectives to date is available here. 

Embedding Equalities

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.