Promoting Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
The Equality Act became law in 2010 and covers everyone in Britain. It protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights play a vital part in the work of the NHS locally. Every member of the community is likely, at some point, to receive some kind of health and social care. NHS Darlington CCG welcomes diversity in society, acknowledging that experiences, aspirations and needs are as individual as each patient.
This web page is one of the ways in which we communicate, promote equality, value diversity and respect human rights in the commissioning of services for the local community.
Meeting Our Legal Duty
As a public sector organisation, we embed equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights into all activities. To do this, we must demonstrate our commitment to:
- eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advancing equality of opportunity
- promoting good relations
We understand that our organisation and employees should:
- work towards removing or minimising disadvantages
- take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
- encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low
Our aim is to uphold these aims and to close the gap in health inequalities.
The Equality Act 2010 outlines specific duties on public bodies such as ourselves, to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty more effectively. These specific duties are to:
- Publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty at least annually
- Set equality objectives at least every four years
We have developed our equality objectives to review and improve our performance and outcomes for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. Our objectives and action plan has been developed through partnering with local stakeholders using the EDS2 process, and are listed below:
Objective 1 – Work with partners to improve the safety and quality of commissioned services across Darlington
Objective 2 – Ensure all patients and carers can be involved and that patient experience is captured and acted upon to inform service change and delivery where possible.
Objective 3 – That Darlington CCG has sufficient organisational data to demonstrate that staff from all protected groups are paid equally and in line with pay levels for the organisation as a whole and that appropriate training has been given on equality and diversity matters.
Objective 4 – That the Governing Body receives adequate assurance around equality and diversity including the equality objectives, strategy and progress towards achievement.
Our information links below provide an overview of how we meet our public sector equality duty, both through commissioning and employment. We endeavour to work with our community interests and internal groups to prioritise our work which will produce better outcomes.
NHS Darlington CCG is committed to ensuring that the organisation pays due regard to the three aims of the public sector equality duty. The systematic analysis of the impact of our actions and decisions on equality is one way that this can be achieved.
Equality impact assessments
The completion of equality impact assessments is no longer a statutory requirement. However, NHS Darlington CCG believes that these are central to being a transparent and accountable organisation. The assessments ensure that we do not disadvantage people from certain groups by the way that we commission health services or through our employment practices. It is also a way of identifying where we might better promote equality of opportunity.
What are equality impact assessments?
An equality impact assessment is a useful tool that enables organisations to assess the implications of their decisions on the whole community. Carrying out an equality impact assessment will help organisations to:
- Eliminate discrimination and tackle inequality.
- Target resources in an efficient and fair way.
- Develop a better understanding of the communities they serve and create stronger social and community networks.
We require that equality impact assessments be an integral part of service planning and policy development. They are required to be completed whenever we plan, change or remove a service, policy or function.
Our process requires individuals and teams to think carefully about the likely impact of their work on different communities or groups. It involves anticipating the consequences of the organisation’s strategies, policies, procedures and functions on different communities and making sure that any negative consequences are eliminated or minimised and opportunities for promoting equality are maximised.
We have listed our main documentation below and provided the links for reference:
– Health Profiles: www.healthprofiles.info
– JSNA – Please click here