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Equality and Diversity

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Equality and Diversity 

Equality and Diversity is central to the work of the CCG to ensure equality of access to and treatment by the services that we commission on behalf of the population of south eastern Hampshire. 

The CCG’s commitment to equality and diversity is driven by the principles of the NHS Constitution, the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, and also the duties of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to reduce health inequalities, promote patient involvement and involve and consult with the public. 

We use the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) to develop and prepare our equality objectives. The objectives below were developed from our assessment in 2015.  We are currently reviewing that assessment and would welcome your feedback on the accessibility of NHS services in the local area. If you would like to participate in our survey, please click here.

  1. Develop engagement mechanisms to establish direct relationships with diverse groups and communities to ensure the voice of all protected groups is heard by and informs the work of the CCG. This will build on the work of engaging with communities through General Practice Patient Participation Groups and the Communication Engagement Committee, to engage directly with representative groups across the protected characteristics.  

  2. Improve health and wellbeing of the CCG’s population to encompass all sections of the community. This links to the CCG’s strategic objective to improve outcomes around living longer with good health related quality of life. This will also link, through Locality Patient Participation Groups, to Primary Care in identifying and working with these communities at general practice level.  

  3. Ensure equality is everyone’s business in the CCG. Ensure staff complete mandatory training and undertake further training commensurate with their role within the CCG. This may be identified through management appraisal and individual objective setting.  

Public Sector Equality Duty  

EDS2 helps the CCG meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty which is set out in the Equality Act 2010. These are to:  

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conducted prohibited by the (Equality) Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.  

Accessible Information 

The CCG works in accordance with the Accessible Information Standard. This means we ensure all corporate information such as leaflets, documents and electronic resources are available, on request, in alternative formats. These include large print, Easy Read and braille.

We will endeavour to provide communication support at our meetings and events to ensure effective and accurate dialogue with everyone in the local area we serve. We also try to ensure our website is as accessible as possible.

If you have any information and communication needs to access our information or require communication support at our meetings or events you can:

Further information on the Accessible Information Standard is available on the NHS England website.