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NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to ensuring Equality and Diversity is a priority when planning and commissioning healthcare services in Cumbria.

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires CCGs to;

• reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services, and

• reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by the provision of health services.


The CCG wants to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information, services and premises when they need to use services.

We know that not all people access or take up services in the same way and we want to try to take reasonable steps to accommodate these different needs, particularly for vulnerable protected groups.

The CCG is working hard to ensure not only that its services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we put in place.

Each year, the CCG in partnership with the wider health system in north Cumbria publishes a Report to show what we are doing to routinely collect equality data and use this information to ensure that its services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all.

Under the Equality Act 2010| and the Public Sector General Equality Duty, public sector organisations such as CCGs must publish sufficient information to demonstrate that, in the exercise of its functions, it has ‘due regard’ (gives early consideration) to:

• eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;

• advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and to

• foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.



Protected Characteristics 

The Act identifies 9 protected characteristics. Information on each can be found below:

           Equality Protected characteristics

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

 

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

The NHS has introduced a national Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

Accessible Information Standard

View the Accessible Information Standard document here which includes links to the specification and implementation guidance.|


Equality Impact Assessments

Public bodies have a statutory duty under the Public Sector Equality Duty to analyse the effect of its policies, services and functions on the workforce and service users and to publish the results of the analysis and evidence information used.

The purpose of an equality impact assessment is the ensure that our services, policies and practices do not directly, indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally discriminate against the users of our services or our staff. Where a negative impact is found, we will mitigate the impact through the development and implementation of equality improvement plans.

Undertaking an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) enables us to consider the impact of each current and proposed service, policy, procedure or function, not only with regard to ethnicity, disability, age and gender, but also in relation to religion and belief, sexual orientation, and human rights. It is designed to ensure that ‘due regard’ is given to equality in relation to our service users and the manner in which we recruit, train and develop our staff.


Overarching Objectives:

Three overarching objectives were developed with a view that each individual organisations objectives would be able to support.

1. Operational Delivery – To provide an equitable, responsive and appropriate service to all communities in Cumbria, encouraging and supporting the reporting of crime, appropriate use of services and promotion of health and wellbeing.

2. Organisational Change – To engage with communities and stakeholders internally and externally, improving communication and building confidence and trust in the Public Sector in Cumbria.  Embedding equality into everyday business and processes to ensure all staff contributes to meeting these objectives.

3. People and Culture – building an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages development, progression and retention of staff and volunteers.  Creating a culture where all staff feel valued and where people want to come and work.


NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group Objectives:

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Equality Delivery System (EDS)


EDS is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. 

EDS is a tool for NHS organisations in partnership with patients, the public and staff to review their equality performance and to identify equality objectives and actions.

EDS2 has 18 outcomes grouped into four goals, two with a patient focus and two with a workforce focus:

Performance should be assessed and graded by NHS organisations in discussion with local people and the workforce. 

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Reports

We are currently reviewing the way the various health organisations in north Cumbria report on equality with a view to providing a single report across the health system.  As a start to this process Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Trust produced a joint 2018 Report. North Cumbria CCG has a separate report for this period.  Work is ongoing to provide one system report for the next reporting period.

2018 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report|


Previous CCG Reports

Equality Delivery System (EDS2) Interim Report December 2017|

Equality Analysis 16/17|

Equality Analysis 15/16|

Equality Analysis 14/15|

Equality Analysis 13/14|



View the Cumbria Public Sector Equality and Diversity Strategy 2016 – 2020|

 


 

Please e-mail: Enquiries@northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk| if you have any questions or wish to get involved,
or call: 01768 245 486


 

 
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