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 will be made to health outcomes across West Cheshire.

We will continue to work in partnership with our providers, community and voluntary sector agencies and other key organisations to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity to 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, to include age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status and pregnancy or maternity status.

The Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, 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; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

In addition, the Clinical Commissioning Group has specific equality objectives, which are to:

  • Make fair and transparent commissioning decisions; 
  • Improve access and outcomes for patients and communities who experience disadvantage;
  • Improve the equality performance of our providers through robust procurement and monitoring practice; and
  • Empower and engage our workforce.

Our organisational requirement to demonstrate due regard and our specific equality objectives link specifically to the following corporate objectives.

  • To place patients in the centre of our commissioning decisions;
  • To commission safe, effective care that continues to improve patient experience;
  • To continue to develop the effectiveness of the organisation;

The delivery of our equality and corporate objectives will support the delivery of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s strategic vision, the West Cheshire Way, which aims to wrap the delivery of care around our patients.

Accessible Information

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to meeting NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. This means that when we speak or 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 find out more about the Accessible Information Standard, please click here.

Equalities Grading Event - January 2017

The clinical commissioning group’s first equalities grading event took place on 11th January 2017 with representatives from seven partner organisations in attendance. Following four presentations from clinical commissioning group staff, the attendees agreed scores against the equality outcomes detailed. 

The equality grading scores and overall feedback were confirmed as:

  • Services are commissioned, procured, designed and delivered to meet the health needs of local communities – amber – developing – “you’re probably doing more than you’re telling us”
  • Transitions from one service to another, for people on care pathways, are made smoothly with everyone well-informed – red – undeveloped – “again, we need to see more evidence”
  • People are informed and supported to be as involved as they wish to be in decisions about their care – green – achieving

The overarching feedback from the group was that more evidence of the work being undertaken to meet equality and inclusion requirements is to be confirmed and that the event provided a great networking opportunity for all partners, which allowed them to further understand the role of the commissioner in the healthcare economy.  The work required to improve against the 2016/17 outcomes has been incorporated into the 2017/18 equality and inclusion delivery plan, which can be viewed via the link below.

2017/18 Equality and Inclusion Delivery Plan

Workforce Race Equality Standard

The CCG submits a return to NHS England to confirm the ethnic diversity of its workforce, which is low in comparison to the local community.  Work will be undertaken to ensure recruitment opportunities are directed towards black, minority and ethnic groups to achieve a greater balance of diversity.

The equality and inclusion policy has been updated and can be viewed on the link below.

Equality and Inclusion Policy 2017

  

For further information please see the Equality Human Rights website or contact the Clinical Commissioning Group's Organisational Development Manager, Karen Warren via email karen.warren5@nhs.net or by phone 01244 385369.