Equality and Inclusion
Promoting equality, diversity, human rights and inclusion is at the heart of our values, ensuring that we commission, redesign and decommission services fairly and that no community or group is left behind in the improvements that we make to health outcomes in West Cheshire.
We continue to work in partnership with our providers, voluntary and community sector agencies and other key organisations to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity and meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty across a range of protected groups, including age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status and pregnancy or maternity status.
Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 requires that public authorities, when exercising their functions, have due regard to the following three aims:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The Act also sets out a number of specific duties which require the clinical commissioning group to publish annual equality information, comprising of progress against equality objectives and goals, workforce information and the accessible information standard. The clinical commissioning group is working proactively towards meeting its requirements under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty and reporting on its progress in this area.
The clinical commissioning group has undergone the following equality developments that demonstrate due regard to aims of the Equality Act 2010:
The adoption of the NHS ‘Equality Delivery System’
The Equality Delivery System process generates evidence of the clinical commissioning group’s compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty and this evidence is then reviewed against our stated goals.
The Equality Delivery System is an assurance mechanism for compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and links with our equality objectives to ensure improvements in patient experience.
Equality Impact and Risk Assessments embedded in the commissioning process
Equality Impact and Risk assessments are a primary source for demonstrating how we have considered legal duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty. For instance, this example relates to our GP Extended Hours Service.
Assessments evaluate the likely impact in a given scenario on people with a protected characteristic to ensure that employment practices and service commissioning and provision promote equality of opportunity and do not discriminate in any way.
The equality impact and risk assessment process provides an audit trail from inception to decision-making should an organisation be legally challenged or for freedom of information requests.
Whilst the assessments are not a means for ensuring or delivering legal compliance they enable us to capture the considerations made and evidence during key activities such as:
- Policy development and review
- Budget planning and allocation
- Service planning, review and re design
- Projects and work programmes
- Commissioning and procurement
Clinical commissioning group commissioners have carried out a range of equality analysis and human rights screening when carrying out their duties to ensure the organisation is paying due regard to the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Human Rights Act.
Equality Objectives and Goals
To help us further meet our requirements under the Equality Act 2010 and our Public Sector Equality Duty, the clinical commissioning group has also identified specific ‘Equality Objectives’ and ‘Equality Delivery System’ goals;
Our Equality Objectives
- To make fair and transparent commissioning decisions
- To improve access and outcomes for patients and communities
- To improve the equality performance of our providers through robust procurement and monitoring practice
- To empower and engage our workforce
Our Equality Delivery System Goals
- Better health outcomes for all
- Improved patient access and experience
- Empowered, engaged and included staff
- Inclusive leadership at all levels
NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to meeting NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. This means that when we communicate with you we will:
- Ask if you have any communication needs
- Record those needs in a clear way
- Highlight them in our record of the correspondence
- Share your needs with appropriate organisations
- Act to make sure you receive the information you need in a format you can understand
To request information from us in a particular format, please feel free contact us in any of the following ways:
NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, 1829 Building, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire CH2 1HJ
01244 650 300