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Equality and Inclusion Published Reports

View the CCG’s latest Annual Equality and Inclusion Annual Report – 2015/16.

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 publishes an Annual Equality and Inclusion 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.

Workforce Race Equality Standard Report: As part of our legal duty and commitment to the equalities agenda we annually publish our workforce data (within the Annual Equality and Inclusion Report). This data is broken down by (pay bands), age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and where possible we will report by gender reassignment (Trans issues), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and carers.

Note: Some data may be withheld from the report to comply with Data Protection Act requirements when publishing equality data.

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  mandated NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) is the NHS England equality performance framework which requires CCGs (and their provider partners) to produce evidence of how local people from protected groups fare compared to people in general, in healthcare. An annual public grading is carried out by trained patient and carer representatives from local communities of interest, who scrutinise and grade CCG’s evidence, with an annual public dashboard of scores displayed on CCG website. CCG work with the EDS Stakeholder group to improve evidence for annual gradings and how this is presented.  Visits to CCG are planned to raise awareness of how CCG commission local services for priority healthcare areas and give consideration to local protected groups in all their planning and decision making processes.

Equality Impact and Risk Assessments of key healthcare changes: In order to achieve the aims of the General Equality Duty described above, the CCG must demonstrate that it has a good understanding of the impact that policies, strategies, programmes, services and practice have on people with different protected characteristics. An important way for the organisation to achieve this is through the collection, analysis and scrutiny of equality information, including information on engagement with people from protected characteristics where relevant. Such consultation and engagement with local vulnerable groups provides an opportunity for CCG to consider any feedback received from local patient groups on any potential negative impact from changes under early stage consideration.

Previous Annual Equality and Inclusion Reports

2014/15 Report can be viewed by clicking here.

2013/14 Report can be viewed by clicking here.

Request for information in an alternative format

The CCG want to ensure that their information is fair and accessible to all sections of our local communities. To request any of our documents in an alternative format such as braille, larger print or audio please email quoting your address, telephone number along with the title of the publication.