NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG

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Equality and Inclusion

The CCG is committed to meeting the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty and aims to put the patient at the heart of what we do; through effective engagement and involvement of local people in decision making, buying healthcare to meet the identified needs of the population of Blackburn with Darwen, involving local people from protected groups in recruiting to CCG posts and working in partnership with citizens, local and county councils and other healthcare providers to work on improving health outcomes and eliminating health inequalities.

The CCG will ensure that all the policies and practices implemented by the CCG or on behalf of the CCG have been informed by decisions based on equality analysis and assessment of outcomes that have identified if there are any effects on people; specifically with protected characteristics; within our community who may use our services or on the people we employ in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Equality Act and Duty

The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) came into force in October 2010 and identified nine protected characteristics, which are set out below and are covered by the Equality Duty:

    • Age
    • Disability
    • Gender reassignment
    • Marriage and civil partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
    • Pregnancy and maternity
    • Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
    • Religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
    • Sex
    • Sexual orientation

The Public Sector General Equality Duty can be found in section 149 of the Act and this came into force on 5 April 2011. The Duty applies to Blackburn with Darwen CCG, the Commissioning Support Unit and any organisations it has contracts with who carry out public functions on behalf of the CCG e.g. GPs, dentists and hospitals.

The Duty has three aims.  These are to:

    • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act.
    • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
    • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties which require the CCG to publish:

    • relevant, proportionate information demonstrating compliance with the three aims of the Equality Duty annually and
    • equality objectives every four years

Please click on the links under the Equality and Inclusion section at the left of this page to view the CCG’s data, as well as information about the equality delivery system.

Accessible Information

How to make a request for information in an alternative format or request additional support

We want to ensure that the information we communicate is fair and accessible to all sections of our local communities. Patients, the public and staff can request reasonable adjustments such as information converted into other formats for easier reading.

To request information or any of our key documents in an alternative format such as braille, larger print, audio or other format please email quoting your address, telephone number along with the title and date of the publication, plus the format you require. Our website displays some of our key documents also in Easy Read format for people who prefer a straightforward summary in plain language.

In addition you may require additional support to contact the CCG e.g. a British Sign Language interpreter to support you or you may need language support where your first spoken language is not English.

For more information please contact us on 01254 282000 or you have the option to use Next Generation Text, where you cannot hear or speak on the phone.  You can also contact us by email or post:

Email: bwdandeast.lancscomms@nhs.net

Write to: Freepost NHS EAST LANCASHIRE CCG, Communications and Engagement Department.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG will give due regard to the new Accessible Information Standard from NHS England. For more information, visit the NHS England website.