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Equalities, Diversity & Human Rights

NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all. We do this in the way we commission healthcare services and by aiming to develop a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve.

The Equality Act (updated 2011) and the NHS constitution help set the standard for Clinical Commissioning Groups to follow. This means we should:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Promote equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic, as well as those who do not. Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

 

How will we do this? It involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

 

As a commissioner (buyer) of services:

The CCG is committed to making sure equality and diversity is a priority when we plan and commission local healthcare services. To do this we work closely with our communities to understand their needs and how best to commission the most appropriate services to meet those needs.

 As an employer:

We are committed to ensuring we have a diverse workforce by providing fair and equal access to all job opportunities, including access to career development and training opportunities for existing and future staff. To do this we aim to recruit the best talent that we can and remove any barriers to ensure that we have the widest possible pool of talent to draw from.

 One of the key principles of the NHS Constitution is that 'the NHS provides a comprehensive service, available to all - irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. It has a duty to each and every individual that it serves and must respect their human rights.  At the same time, it has a wider social duty to promote equality through the services it provides and to pay particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population'.

 This principle is often summarised in terms of:

  • equal access to services
  • equal treatment
  • equal health outcomes.

 

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 states that 'each commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions have the regard to the need to:

  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services
  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by provision of health services
  • promote the involvement of patients and their carers in decisions about provision of the health services to them
  • enable patients to make choices with respect to aspects of health services provided to them.